Toward online quantification of tracheal stenosis from videobronchoscopy

Carles Sánchez, Jorge Bernal, F. Javier Sánchez, Marta Diez, Antoni Rosell, Debora Gil

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© 2015, CARS. Purpose: Lack of objective measurement of tracheal obstruction degree has a negative impact on the chosen treatment prone to lead to unnecessary repeated explorations and other scanners. Accurate computation of tracheal stenosis in videobronchoscopy would constitute a breakthrough for this noninvasive technique and a reduction in operation cost for the public health service. Methods: Stenosis calculation is based on the comparison of the region delimited by the lumen in an obstructed frame and the region delimited by the first visible ring in a healthy frame. We propose a parametric strategy for the extraction of lumen and tracheal ring regions based on models of their geometry and appearance that guide a deformable model. To ensure a systematic applicability, we present a statistical framework to choose optimal parametric values and a strategy to choose the frames that minimize the impact of scope optical distortion. Results: Our method has been tested in 40 cases covering different stenosed tracheas. Experiments report a non- clinically relevant (Formula Presented.) of discrepancy in the calculated stenotic area and a computational time allowing online implementation in the operating room. Conclusions: Our methodology allows reliable measurements of airway narrowing in the operating room. To fully assess its clinical impact, a prospective clinical trial should be done.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-945
JournalInternational journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Bronchoscopy
  • Parameter setting
  • Stenosis assessment


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