OliverKutter

Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

Dr. Oliver Kutter

Oliver Kutter Dr. rer. nat. Oliver Kutter

Senior Domain Engineer
Stryker IMT
c/o Stryker Leibinger GmbH & Co KG
Freiburg, Germany
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Brief Profile

I am Senior Domain Engineer at Stryker IMT, Freiburg. From Dec. 2009 to Dec. 2012 I was a Staff Scientist at Siemens Corporation, Corporate Research, Princeton, USA. My focus is on medical image processing and visualization with emphasis on real-time performance and large data handling.

At CAMP I was working on GPU accelerated visualization and image processing, US/CT Registration and medical augmented reality for computer assisted interventions.

Dissertation


Title: Visual Computing for Computer Assisted Interventions


Abstract:
Continuous improvement in medical imaging technology provides an ever increasing amount of high resolution, peri-operative and multi-modal image data. Fusion and visualization of multiple datasets of the same patient has been shown to improve diagnosis as well as therapy guidance for many medical interventions. However, the sheer amount of image data acquired by today’s imaging modalities, and their objective fusion and real-time visualization for diagnosis and therapy postulates the request for efficient image processing, visualization and data presentation techniques. This thesis focuses on developing visual computing solutions for improving and accelerating computer assisted medical interventions. Advanced simulation, registration and visualization algorithms have been developed and implemented on Graphic Processing Units (GPU) for optimal efficiency, merging computation of the result and real-time visualization of the data. The methods are investigated in detail for three, closely related, medical applications. In the first application GPU-accelerated medical Augmented Reality (AR) visualization on a stereo video see-through Head Mounted Display is investigated. A key challenge for any medical AR system supporting medical navigation tasks is direct, pre-processing free, integration of image data and natural embedding into the AR scene. In this thesis I present a series of techniques for optimizing perception, performance and quality of medical AR visualization. Furthermore, occlusion problems of virtual and real objects are addressed. The methods are evaluated in a series of phantom and in-vivo experiments in close collaboration with our clinical partners. The second application is simulation of medical ultrasound (US) image data from Computed Tomography (CT) data for patient-based ultrasound acquisition training and patient-specific registration with CT. Here, I present a framework for ray-based ultrasound simulation on GPUs, supporting different simulation models of varying complexity. The third application is multi-modal registration of US with CT. GPU-accelerated US simulation is an essential part of the registration algorithm. In this thesis we present two novel, efficient, multi-modal registration applications. (1) Simultaneous registration of multiple 3D ultrasound scans with one CT scan. (2) Purely intensity based, dense deformable registration of 3D US and CT scans using a variational approach. The methods are validated for a series of real patient US and CT scans.

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Research Interests

  • 3D/4D/Freehand Ultrasound Imaging
  • Real-Time Ultrasound Simulation
  • Visualization, Tracking and Navigation for Computer Aided Surgery
  • Real Time Volume Graphics
  • Augmented Reality
  • GPU-accelerated algorithms for medical image processing
  • Large data handling, remote rendering

Publications:

2013
S. Demirci, M. Baust, O. Kutter, F. Manstad-Hulaas, H-H. Eckstein, N. Navab
Disocclusion-based 2D-3D Registration for Aortic Interventions
Computers in Biology and Medicine, Volume 43, Issue 4, 1 May 2013, Pages 312-322 (bib)
2011
M. Wieczorek, A. Aichert, P. Fallavollita, O. Kutter, A. Ahmadi, L. Wang, N. Navab
Interactive 3D visualization of a single-view X-Ray image
Proceedings of Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2011), Toronto, Canada, September 2011. (bib)
L. Grady, S. Datta, O. Kutter, C. Duong, W. Wein, S. Little, X. Liu, M. Vannan
Regurgitation Quantification using 3D PISA in Volume Echocardiography
Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2011), Toronto, Canada, September 2011 (bib)
2010
D. Zikic, B. Glocker, O. Kutter, M. Groher, N. Komodakis, A. Kamen, N. Paragios, N. Navab
Linear Intensity-based Image Registration by Markov Random Fields and Discrete Optimization
Medical Image Analysis, 22 April, 2010. (bib)
A. Ehlerding, A. Schnelzer, T. Wendler, K. Herrmann, T. Lasser, K. Scheidhauer, O. Kutter, T. Schuster, M. Schwaiger, A. K. Buck, S. I. Ziegler, N. Navab, S. Paepke, M. Kiechle
Vorstellung der Pilotstudie zur 3D-Darstellung des Wächterlymphknotens bei Brustkrebspatientinnen mittels Freehand-SPECT
Proceedings of Annual Meeting of the German Society of Senology (DGS), Hamburg, Germany, Jul. 2010 (bib)
T. Wendler, K. Herrmann, A. Schnelzer, T. Lasser, J. Traub, O. Kutter, A. Ehlerding, K. Scheidhauer, T. Schuster, M. Kiechle, M. Schwaiger, N. Navab, S. I. Ziegler, A. K. Buck
First Demonstration of 3D Lymphatic Mapping using freehand SPECT
Proceedings of the International Conference on Sentinel Node Biopsy and Radioguided Head & Neck Surgery (SNB), Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2010 (bib)
A. K. Buck, A. Schnelzer, T. Wendler, K. Herrmann, T. Lasser, J. Traub, O. Kutter, T. Schuster, A. Ehlerding, K. Scheidhauer, M. Kiechle, N. Navab, S. I. Ziegler, M. Schwaiger
First demonstration of 3D lymphatic mapping in breast cancer using freehand SPECT
Proceedings of DGN Nuklearmedizin 2010, Leipzig, Germany, April 2010 (bib)
W. Wein, O. Kutter, A. Aichert, D. Zikic, A. Kamen, N. Navab
Automatic non-linear mapping of pre-procedure CT volumes to 3D ultrasound
IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, April 14 - 17 2010. (bib)
T. Wendler, K. Herrmann, A. Schnelzer, T. Lasser, J. Traub, O. Kutter, A. Ehlerding, K. Scheidhauer, T. Schuster, M. Kiechle, M. Schwaiger, N. Navab, S. I. Ziegler, A. K. Buck
First demonstration of 3-D lymphatic mapping in breast cancer using freehand SPECT
European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2010 Aug;37(8):1452-61. Epub 2010 Mar 31. (bib)
T. Reichl, O. Kutter, Benedikt Schultis, MI. Menzel, H. Hautmann, N. Navab
Video-basiertes Tracking eines Bronchoskops
Proceedings of Bildverarbeitung fuer die Medizin (BVM 2010), Aachen, Germany, March 2009 (bib)
M. Wieczorek, A. Aichert, O. Kutter, C. Bichlmeier, J. Landes, S.M. Heining, E. Euler, N. Navab
GPU-accelerated Rendering for Medical Augmented Reality in Minimally-Invasive Procedures
Proceedings of Bildverarbeitung fuer die Medizin (BVM 2010), Aachen, Germany, March 14-16 2010 (bib)
D. Zikic, B. Glocker, O. Kutter, M. Groher, N. Komodakis, A. Kamen, N. Paragios, N. Navab
Markov Random Field Optimization for Intensity-based 2D-3D Registration
SPIE Medical Imaging, San Diego, California, USA, 13-18 February 2010 (bib)
P. Dressel, L. Wang, O. Kutter, J. Traub, S.M. Heining, N. Navab
Intraoperative positioning of mobile C-arms using artificial fluoroscopy
SPIE Medical Imaging, San Diego, California, USA, February 2010 (bib)
2009
S. Hinterstoisser, O. Kutter, N. Navab, P. Fua, V. Lepetit
Real-Time Learning of Accurate Patch Rectification (Oral Presentation)
IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Miami, Florida (USA), June 2009. (bib)
T. Blum, S.M. Heining, O. Kutter, N. Navab
Advanced Training Methods using an Augmented Reality Ultrasound Simulator
8th IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2009), Orlando, USA, October 2009, pp. 177-178. The original publication is available online at ieee.org. (bib)
C. Bichlmeier, S. Holdstock, S.M. Heining, S. Weidert, E. Euler, O. Kutter, N. Navab
Contextual In-Situ Visualization for Port Placement in Keyhole Surgery: Evaluation of Three Target Applications by Two Surgeons and Eighteen Medical Trainees
The 8th IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Orlando, US, Oct. 19 - 22, 2009. (bib)
T. Wendler, K. Herrmann, A. Schnelzer, T. Lasser, J. Traub, O. Kutter, T. Schuster, M. Kiechle, M. Schwaiger, N. Navab, S. I. Ziegler, A. K. Buck
Clinical introduction of freehand SPECT for image-guided sentinel lymph node biopsy
Proceedings of Annual Congress of the European Association of of Nuclear Medicine (EANM 2009), Barcelona, Spain, October 2009 (bib)
O. Kutter, W. Wein, N. Navab
Multi-modal registration based Ultrasound Mosaicing
Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), London, UK, September 20-24 2009 (bib)
B. Ockert, C. Bichlmeier, S.M. Heining, O. Kutter, N. Navab, E. Euler
Development of an Augmented Reality (AR) training environment for orthopedic surgery procedures
Proceedings of The 9th Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS 2009), Boston, USA, June, 2009 (bib)
O. Kutter, A. Karamalis, W. Wein, N. Navab
A GPU-Based Framework for Simulation of Medical Ultrasound
SPIE Medical Imaging, Orlando, Florida, USA, February 2009 (bib)
A. Karamalis, W. Wein, O. Kutter, N. Navab
Fast Hybrid Freehand Ultrasound Volume Reconstruction
In Proc. SPIE Medical Imaging, Orlando, Florida, USA, February 2009 (bib)
O. Kutter, R. Shams, N. Navab
Visualization and GPU-accelerated simulation of medical ultrasound from CT images
Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Volume 94, Issue 3, June, 2009 (bib)
2008
O. Kutter, A. Aichert, C. Bichlmeier, J. Traub, S.M. Heining, B. Ockert, E. Euler, N. Navab
Real-time Volume Rendering for High Quality Visualization in Augmented Reality
International Workshop on Augmented environments for Medical Imaging including Augmented Reality in Computer-aided Surgery (AMI-ARCS 2008), USA, New York, September 2008 (bib)
C. Bichlmeier, B. Ockert, O. Kutter, M. Rustaee, S.M. Heining, N. Navab
The Visible Korean Human Phantom: Realistic Test & Development Environments for Medical Augmented Reality
International Workshop on Augmented environments for Medical Imaging including Augmented Reality in Computer-aided Surgery (AMI-ARCS 2008), USA, New York, September 2008 (bib)
Razvan Ioan Ionasec, B. Georgescu, E. Gassner, S. Vogt, O. Kutter, M. Scheuering, N. Navab, D. Comaniciu
Dynamic model-driven quantification and visual evaluation of the aortic valve from 4D CT
Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI, 2008, New York, USA, September 6-10 2008 (bib)
O. Kutter, S. Kirchhoff, M. Berkovic, M. Reiser, N. Navab
Spatio-temporal registration in multiplane MRI acquisitions for 3D Colon Motiliy analysis
SPIE Medical Imaging, San Diego, California, USA, 16-21 February 2008 (bib)
S. Demirci, O. Kutter, F. Manstad-Hulaas, R. Bauernschmitt, N. Navab
Advanced 2D-3D Registration for Endovascular Aortic Interventions: Addressing Dissimilarity in Images
Proc. SPIE 6918, Medical Imaging 2008: Visualization, Image-guided Procedures, and Modeling, 69182S, February 2008 (bib)
2007
W. Wein, A. Khamene, D.-A. Clevert, O. Kutter, N. Navab
Simulation and Fully Automatic Multimodal Registration of Medical Ultrasound
Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2007), Brisbane, Australia, October 2007. Received the MICCAI 2007 Young Scientist Award. (bib)
O. Kutter, S. Kettner (=Demirci), E.U. Braun, N. Navab, R. Lange, R. Bauernschmitt
Towards an Integrated Planning and Navigation System for Aortic Stent-Graft Placement
Proc. of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS), Berlin, Germany, June 2007. (bib)
2006
M. Feuerstein, K. Filippatos, O. Kutter, E.U. Schirmbeck, R. Bauernschmitt, N. Navab
A Novel Segmentation and Navigation Tool for Endovascular Stenting of Aortic Aneurysms
International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 2006; Vol. 1 Suppl. 1, page 280 - 282.
The original publication is available online at www.springerlink.com
(bib)
T. Sielhorst, M. Feuerstein, J. Traub, O. Kutter, N. Navab
CAMPAR: A software framework guaranteeing quality for medical augmented reality
International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 2006; Vol. 1 Suppl. 1, page 29 - 30.
The original publication is available online at www.springerlink.com
(bib)

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Prior Projects as a Student:

  • Diploma Thesis: Automatic Calibration of Tracked Catheter Ultrasound in Cooperation with Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, NJ
  • IDP: Development of an Automatic Segmentation, Measuring, and Planning Tool for the Aorta and Aneurysms
  • HIWI @ CAMP: Major Contributions to the Design and Implementation of the CAMPAR Framework
  • SEP: Design and Implementation of an efficient reasoning specialist for linear and partial orders in Isabelle.

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