Modeling for plastic and reconstructive breast surgery

David T. Chen, Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, Michael J. Miller, R. Bowen Loftin, Charles Patrick

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In this paper, we present the modeling and estimation aspects of a virtual reality system for plastic and reconstructive breast surgery. Our system has two modes, a model creation mode and a model fitting mode. The model creation mode allows a surgeon to interactively adjust the shape of a virtual breast by varying key shape variables, analogous to the aesthetic and structural elements surgeons inherently vary manually during breast reconstruction. Our contribution is a set of global deformations with very intuitive parameters that a surgeon can apply to a generic geometric primitive in order to model the breast of his/her patient for pre-operative planning purposes and for communicating this plan to the patient. The model fitting mode allows the system to automatically fit a generic deformable model to patient specific three-dimensional breast surface measurements using a physically-based framework. We have tested the accuracy of our technique using both synthetic and real input data with very encouraging results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - MICCAI 2000 - 3rd International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsScott L. Delp, Anthony M. DiGoia, Branislav Jaramaz
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)3540411895, 9783540411895
StatePublished - 2000
Event3rd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2000 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Oct 11 2000Oct 14 2000

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other3rd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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