Bronchoscopic video synchronization for interactive multimodal inspection of bronchial lesions

Qi Chang, Patrick D. Byrnes, Danish Ahmad, Jennifer Toth, Rebecca Bascom, William E. Higgins

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With lung cancer being the most fatal cancer worldwide, it is important to detect the disease early. A potentially effective way of detecting early cancer lesions developing along the airway walls (epithelium) is bronchoscopy. To this end, developments in bronchoscopy offer three promising noninvasive modalities for imaging bronchial lesions: white-light bronchoscopy (WLB), auto uorescence bronchoscopy (AFB), and narrow-band imaging (NBI). While these modalities give complementary views of the airway epithelium, the physician must manually inspect each video stream produced by a given modality to locate the suspect cancer lesions. Unfortunately, no effort has been made to rectify this situation by providing efficient quantitative and visual tools for analyzing these video streams. This makes the lesion search process extremely time-consuming and error-prone, thereby making it impractical to utilize these rich data sources effectively. We propose a framework for synchronizing multiple bronchoscopic videos to enable interactive multimodal analysis of bronchial lesions. Our methods first register the video streams to a reference 3D chest computed-tomography (CT) scan to produce multimodal linkages to the airway tree. Our methods then temporally correlate the videos to one another to enable synchronous visualization of the resulting multimodal data set. Pictorial and quantitative results illustrate the potential of the methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2021
Subtitle of host publicationImage-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
EditorsCristian A. Linte, Jeffrey H. Siewerdsen
ISBN (Electronic)9781510640252
StatePublished - 2021
EventMedical Imaging 2021: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling - Virtual, Online
Duration: Feb 15 2021Feb 19 2021

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2021: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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