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Improving the convergence rate in affine registration of PET brain images using histogram matching

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9 Author(s)
Salas-Gonzalez, D. ; Dept. of Signal Theor., Networking & Commun., Univ. of Granada, Granada, Spain ; Estrada, J. ; Gorriz, J.M. ; Ramirez, J.
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In this work, a procedure to improve the convergence rate for affine registration methods of medical brain images when the images differ greatly from the template is presented. The methodology is based on a histogram matching of the source images with respect to the reference brain template before to proceed with the affine registration. The preprocessed source brain images are spatially normalize to a template using a general affine model with 12 parameters. A sum of squared differences between the source images and the template is considered as objective function and a Gauss-Newton optimization algorithm is used to find the minimum of the cost function. Using histogram equalization as a preprocessing step improves the convergence rate in the affine registration algorithm of brain images as we show in this work using fusion PET/MRI brain images.

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record (NSS/MIC), 2010 IEEE

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Oct. 30 2010-Nov. 6 2010