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Viscoelastic biomechanical models to predict inward brain-shift using public benchmark data

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anando SenORCiD


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Brain-shift during neurosurgery compromises the accuracy of tracking the boundaries of the tumor to be resected. Although several studies have used various finite element models (FEMs) to predict inward brain-shift, evaluation of their accuracy and efficiency based on public benchmark data has been limited. This study evaluates several FEMs proposed in the literature (various boundary conditions, mesh sizes, and material properties) by using intraoperative imaging data (the public REtroSpective Evaluation of Cerebral Tumors [RESECT] database). Four patients with low-grade gliomas were identified as having inward brain-shifts. We computed the accuracy (using target registration error) of several FEM-based brain-shift predictions and compared our findings. Since information on head orientation during craniotomy is not included in this database, we tested various plausible angles of head rotation. We analyzed the effects of brain tissue viscoelastic properties, mesh size, craniotomy position, CSF drainage level, and rigidity of meninges and then quantitatively evaluated the trade-off between accuracy and central processing unit time in predicting inward brain-shift across all models with second-order tetrahedral FEMs. The mean initial target registration error (TRE) was 5.78 ± 3.78 mm with rigid registration. FEM prediction (edge-length, 5 mm) with non-rigid meninges led to a mean TRE correction of 1.84 ± 0.83 mm assuming heterogeneous material. Results show that, for the low-grade glioma patients in the study, including non-rigid modeling of the meninges was significant statistically. In contrast including heterogeneity was not significant. To estimate the optimal head orientation and CSF drainage, an angle step of 5° and an CSF height step of 5 mm were enough leading to <0.26 mm TRE fluctuation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lesage A, Simmons A, Sen A, Singh S, Chen M, Cazoulat G, Weinberg JS, Brock KK

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physics in Medicine and Biology

Year: 2021

Volume: 66

Issue: 20

Online publication date: 12/10/2021

Acceptance date: 01/09/2021

ISSN (print): 0031-9155

ISSN (electronic): 1361-6560

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1088/1361-6560/ac22dc


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