Interactive brain shift compensation using GPU based programming

Sander Van Der Steen, Herke Jan Noordmans, Rudolf Verdaasdonk

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Processing large images files or real-time video streams requires intense computational power. Driven by the gaming industry, the processing power of graphic process units (GPUs) has increased significantly. With the pixel shader model 4.0 the GPU can be used for image processing 10× faster than the CPU. Dedicated software was developed to deform 3D MR and CT image sets for real-time brain shift correction during navigated neurosurgery using landmarks or cortical surface traces defined by the navigation pointer. Feedback was given using orthogonal slices and an interactively raytraced 3D brain image. GPU based programming enables real-time processing of high definition image datasets and various applications can be developed in medicine, optics and image sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VII
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventAdvanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VII 2009 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 25 Jan 200926 Jan 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE


ConferenceAdvanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VII 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose


  • General-purpose computing on graphics processing units
  • Image analysis
  • Image registration
  • Neuroimaging
  • OpenGL Shading Language
  • Volume rendering


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