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A method and apparatus for determining the position and orientation of a remote object relative to a reference coordinate frame includes a plurality of field-generating elements for generating electromagnetic fields, a drive for applying, to the generating elements, signals that generate a plurality of electromagnetic fields that are distinguishable from one another, a remote sensor having one or more field-sensing elements for sensing the fields generated and a processor for processing the outputs of the sensing element(s) into remote object position and orientation relative to the generating element reference coordinate frame. The position and orientation solution is based on the exact formulation of the magnetic field coupling as opposed to approximations used elsewhere. The system can be used for locating the end of a catheter or endoscope, digitizing objects for computer databases, virtual reality and motion tracking. The methods presented here can also be applied to other magnetic tracking technologies as a final "polishing" stage to improve the accuracy of their P&O solution.

Title
Measuring position and orientation using magnetic fields
Application Number
8/996125
Publication Number
6073043
Application Date
December 22, 1997
Publication Date
June 6, 2000
Inventor
Mark Schneider
Williston
VT, US
Agent
Miles & Stockbridge P C
Agent
William L Feeney
Assignee
CorMedica Corporation
MA, US
IPC
A61B 5/05
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