Compared to open surgery, minimal invasive surgery offers reduced trauma and faster recovery. However, lack of direct
view limits space perception. Stereo-endoscopy improves depth perception, but is still restricted to the direct endoscopic
field-of-view. We describe a novel technology that reconstructs 3D-panoramas from endoscopic video streams providing
a much wider cumulative overview. The method is compatible with any endoscope. We demonstrate that it is possible to
generate photorealistic 3D-environments from mono- and stereoscopic endoscopy. The resulting 3D-reconstructions can
be directly applied in simulators and e-learning. Extended to real-time processing, the method looks promising for
telesurgery or other remote vision-guided tasks.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Henri Bouma ; Wannes van der Mark ; Pieter T. Eendebak ; Sander H. Landsmeer ; Adam W. M. van Eekeren, et al.
"Streaming video-based 3D reconstruction method compatible with existing monoscopic and stereoscopic endoscopy systems", Proc. SPIE 8371, Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, Disaster Response, and Environmental Monitoring II; and Biometric Technology for Human Identification IX, 837112 (May 1, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.918592; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.918592