Renal biopsy under augmented reality guidance

Matthew Pfefferle, Sarah Shahub, Maysam Shahedi, Jeffrey Gahan, Brett Johnson, Phuc Le, Jose Vargas, Blake O. Judson, Yasmeen Alshara, Qinmei Li, Baowei Fei

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7 Scopus citations


Kidney biopsies are currently performed using preoperative imaging to identify the lesion of interest and intraoperative imaging used to guide the biopsy needle to the tissue of interest. Often, these are not the same modalities forcing the physician to perform a mental cross-modality fusion of the preoperative and intraoperative scans. This limits the accuracy and reproducibility of the biopsy procedure. In this study, we developed an augmented reality system to display holographic representations of lesions superimposed on a phantom. This system allows the integration of preoperative CT scans with intraoperative ultrasound scans to better determine the lesion's real-time location. An automated deformable registration algorithm was used to increase the accuracy of the holographic lesion locations, and a magnetic tracking system was developed to provide guidance for the biopsy procedure. Our method achieved a targeting accuracy of 2.9 ± 1.5 mm in a renal phantom study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2020
Subtitle of host publicationImage-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
EditorsBaowei Fei, Cristian A. Linte
ISBN (Electronic)9781510633971
StatePublished - 2020
EventMedical Imaging 2020: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling - Houston, United States
Duration: Feb 16 2020Feb 19 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2020: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Augmented reality
  • Image-guided interventions
  • Kidney cancer
  • Phantom study
  • Renal biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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