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Groupwise Registration of MR Brain Images with Tumors
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Title: Groupwise Registration of MR Brain Images with Tumors

 Authors: Tang, ZY; Wu, YH; Fan, Y

 Author Full Names: Tang, Zhenyu; Wu, Yihong; Fan, Yong

 Source: PHYSICS IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY, 62 (17):8853-8868; 10.1088/1361-6560/aa7c41 SEP 7 2017

 Language: English

 Abstract: A novel groupwise image registration framework is developed for registering MR brain images with tumors. Our method iteratively estimates a normal-appearance counterpart for each tumor image to be registered and constructs a directed graph (digraph) of normal-appearance images to guide the groupwise image registration. Particularly, our method maps each tumor image to its normal appearance counterpart by identifying and inpainting brain tumor regions with intensity information estimated using a low-rank plus sparse matrix decomposition based image representation technique. The estimated normal-appearance images are groupwisely registered to a group center image guided by a digraph of images so that the total length of 'image registration paths' to be the minimum, and then the original tumor images are warped to the group center image using the resulting deformation fields. We have evaluated our method based on both simulated and real MR brain tumor images. The registration results were evaluated with overlap measures of corresponding brain regions and average entropy of image intensity information, and Wilcoxon signed rank tests were adopted to compare different methods with respect to their regional overlap measures. Compared with a groupwise image registration method that is applied to normal-appearance images estimated using the traditional low-rank plus sparse matrix decomposition based image inpainting, our method achieved higher image registration accuracy with statistical significance (p = 7.02 x 10(-9)).

 ISSN: 0031-9155

 eISSN: 1361-6560

 IDS Number: FQ6CI

 Unique ID: WOS:000418450600001

 PubMed ID: 28657551

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