This paper presents the evaluation of the use of multimodality skin markers for the registration of cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) image data to x-ray fluoroscopy data for the guidance of cardiac electrophysiology procedures. The approach was validated using a phantom study and 3 patients undergoing pulmonary vein (PV) isolation for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. In the patient study, skin markers were affixed to the patients' chest and used to register pre-procedure cardiac MR image data to intra-procedure fluoroscopy data. Registration errors were assessed using contrast angiograms of the left atrium that were available in 2 out of 3 cases. A clinical expert generated "gold standard" registrations by adjusting the registration manually. Target registration errors (TREs) were computed using points on the PV ostia. Ablation locations were computed using biplane x-ray imaging. Registration errors were further assessed by computing the distances of the ablation points to the registered left atrial surface for all 3 patients. The TREs were 6.0 & 3.1mm for patients 1 & 2. The mean ablation point errors were 6.2, 3.8, & 3.0mm for patients 1, 2, & 3. These results are encouraging in the context of a 5mm clinical accuracy requirement for this type of procedure. We conclude that multimodality skin markers have the potential to provide anatomical image integration for x-ray guided cardiac electrophysiology procedures, especially if coupled with an accurate respiratory motion compensation strategy.
|Title of host publication||Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|