Sunday, 15 October 2017

Electromagnetic tracking system (EMTS)

Image-guided therapy relies on the localization of the equipment with respect to the patient. This localization in three-dimensional space is referred to as tracking and is a key enabling technology for computer-assisted interventions. Electromagnetic (EM) tracking has emerged as the method of choice that enables localization of small EM sensors in a given EM field without the requirement for line-of-sight [3]. The introduction of continuous EM tracking has allowed the intrafraction motion to be measured and corrected in real-time during treatment [2]. When a receiving sensor moving in space, an EMTS can accurately calculate its position and orientation, it can provide dynamic, real-time measuring position and orientation angle [1].
«The term “electromagnetic” to describe the tracking phenomenon arises from the fact that electromagnets are responsible for producing changing or quasi-static magnetic fields, which induce currents in solenoids or fluxgate sensors embedded in the detectors. The phenomenon responsible for the operation of these tracking systems relies solely on magnetic induction rather than any strict electromagnetic effect. Nevertheless, while this technology is referred to by both the terms “magnetic tracking” (MT) and “electromagnetic tracking” (EMT), the latter has become the more common, having been adopted by the manufacturers of these devices, (...) [3].»
Bibliographic references:
[1] Zhang Z, Liu G. The Design and Analysis of Electromagnetic Tracking System. Journal of Electromagnetic Analysis and Applications. 2013;5:85-9. Available at:
[2] Litzenberg DW, Gallagher I, Masi KJ, et al. A measurement technique to determine the calibration accuracy of an electromagnetic tracking system to radiation isocenter. Med Phys. 2013 Aug;40(8):081711. Available at:
[3] Franz AM, Haidegger T, Birkfellner W, et al. Electromagnetic tracking in medicine - a review of technology, validation, and applications. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2014 Aug;33(8):1702-25. Available at: