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Finite element based validation of non-rigid registration using single- and multi-level free-form deformations: Application to contrast-enhanced MR mammography
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Schnabel JA, Tanner C, Castellano-Smith AD, Degenhard A, Hayes C, Leach MO, Hose DR, Hill DLG, Hawkes DJ
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  • Pagination:
    550, 561
  • Journal:
    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Volume:
    4684 I
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This work presents a validation study for non-rigid registration of 3D contrast enhanced magnetic resonance mammography images. We are using our previously developed methodology for simulating physically plausible, biomechanical tissue deformations using finite element methods to compare two non-rigid registration algorithms based on single-level and multi-level free-form deformations using B-splines and normalized mutual information. We have constructed four patient-specific finite element models and applied the solutions to the original post-contrast scans of the patients, simulating tissue deformation between image acquisitions. The original image pairs were registered to the FEM-deformed post-contrast images using different free-form deformation mesh resolutions. The target registration error was computed for each experiment with respect to the simulated gold standard on a voxel basis. Registration error and single-level free-form deformation resolution were found to be intrinsically related: the smaller the spacing, the higher localized errors, indicating local registration failure. For multi-level free-form deformations, the registration errors improved for increasing mesh resolution. This study forms an important milestone in making our non-rigid registration framework applicable for clinical routine use. © 2002 SPIE · 1605-7422/02/$15.00.
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