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Landmark-based elastic registration using approximating thin-plate splines

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6 Author(s)
K. Rohr ; Sch. of Inf. Technol., Int. Univ. in Germany, Bruchsal, Germany ; H. S. Stiehl ; R. Sprengel ; T. M. Buzug
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The authors consider elastic image registration based on a set of corresponding anatomical point landmarks and approximating thin-plate splines. This approach is an extension of the original interpolating thin-plate spline approach and allows to take into account landmark localization errors. The extension is important for clinical applications since landmark extraction is always prone to error. The authors' approach is based on a minimizing functional and can cope with isotropic as well as anisotropic landmark errors. In particular, in the latter case it is possible to include different types of landmarks, e.g., unique point landmarks as well as arbitrary edge points. Also, the scheme is general with respect to the image dimension and the order of smoothness of the underlying functional. Optimal affine transformations as well as interpolating thin-plate splines are special cases of this scheme. To localize landmarks the authors use a semi-automatic approach which is based on three-dimensional (3-D) differential operators. Experimental results are presented for two-dimensional as well as 3-D tomographic images of the human brain.

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IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 6 )