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Computation Time for Estimating an Ideal Resected Region
Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3
Computing perfused regions(s) 58
Computing resected region(s)
3 Estimating an Optimal Resected Region Under the
Practical Conditions in Surgery
Although the method described in the previous section greatly reduces the volume of the es-
timated resected region, it is difficult for surgeons to use the results directly in the real surgery
since the number of cut-points may be much larger than that of the manual approach, and
since cut-points may be sometimes set on such tiny vessels that surgeons cannot identify in the
real surgery. In order to solve this problem, the method described in the previous section is
extended considering the practical conditions: branch points and the radius of the vessels. The
optimization procedure starts with obtaining the ideal cut-points by the method described in
the previous section ( Figure 6(a) ). These ideal cut-points are refined considering the practical
such a way that the cut-point is set on a branch point and the radius of the vessel is larger than
the predetermined value.
FIGURE 6 Refining the cut-points considering the practical conditions.
Tables 5 and 6 summarize the results of the optimization considering the practical condi-
tions for samples 1 and 2, respectively. The radius of the vessel is set to 6 or 8 mm. These res-
ults show that the estimated resected region is minimized keeping the number of cut-points
small appropriately for real surgery.