Saeed Mohagheghi, Alireza Ahmadian, Siamak Yaghoobee
To assess the accuracy of a proposed marker-free registration method as opposed to the conventional marker-based method using an image-guided dental system, and investigating the best configurations of anatomical landmarks for various surgical fields in a phantom study, a CT-compatible dental phantom consisting of implanted targets was used. Two marker-free registration methods were evaluated, first using dental anatomical landmarks and second, using a reference marker tool. Six implanted markers, distributed in the inner space of the phantom were used as the targets; the values of target registration error (TRE) for each target were measured and compared with the marker-based method. Then, the effects of different landmark configurations on TRE values, measured using the Parsiss IV Guided Navigation system (Parsiss, Tehran, Iran), were investigated to find the best landmark arrangement for reaching the minimum registration error in each target region.
It was proved that marker-free registration can be as precise as the marker-based method. This has a great impact on image-guided implantology systems whereby the drawbacks of fiducial markers for patient and surgeon are removed. It was also shown that smaller values of TRE could be achieved by using appropriate landmark configurations and moving the center of the landmark set closer to the surgery target. Other common factors would not necessarily decrease the TRE value so the conventional rules accepted in the clinical community about the ways to reduce TRE should be adapted to the selected field of dental surgery.