Method and apparatus for virtual endoscopy

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11068342

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A surgical instrument navigation system is provided that visually simulates a virtual volumetric scene of a body cavity of a patient from a point of view of a surgical instrument residing in the cavity of the patient. The surgical instrument navigation system includes: a surgical instrument; an imaging device which is operable to capture scan data representative of an internal region of interest within a given patient; a tracking subsystem that employs electromagnetic sensing to capture in real-time position data indicative of the position of the surgical instrument; a data processor which is operable to render a volumetric perspective image of the internal region of interest from a point of view of the surgical instrument; and a display which is operable to display the volumetric perspective image of the patient.

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MEDTRONIC NAVIGATION INC826 COAL CREEK CIRCLE COAL CREEK CORPORATE CENTER ONE LOUISVILLE CO 80027

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Hunter, Mark Broomfield, CO 62 3125
Kessman, Paul Broomfield, CO 41 4245
Verard, Laurent Superior, CO 31 3035

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