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Automatic generation of boundary conditions using Demons non-rigid image registration for use in 3D modality-independent elastography
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Paper Abstract

Modality-independent elastography (MIE) is a method of elastography that reconstructs the elastic properties of tissue using images acquired under different loading conditions and a biomechanical model. Boundary conditions are a critical input to the algorithm, and are often determined by time-consuming point correspondence methods requiring manual user input. Unfortunately, generation of accurate boundary conditions for the biomechanical model is often difficult due to the challenge of accurately matching points between the source and target surfaces and consequently necessitates the use of large numbers of fiducial markers. This study presents a novel method of automatically generating boundary conditions by non-rigidly registering two image sets with a Demons diffusion-based registration algorithm. The use of this method was successfully performed in silico using magnetic resonance and X-ray computed tomography image data with known boundary conditions. These preliminary results have produced boundary conditions with accuracy of up to 80% compared to the known conditions. Finally, these boundary conditions were utilized within a 3D MIE reconstruction to determine an elasticity contrast ratio between tumor and normal tissue. Preliminary results show a reasonable characterization of the material properties on this first attempt and a significant improvement in the automation level and viability of the method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7625, Medical Imaging 2010: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling, 76250D (23 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.844556
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas S. Pheiffer, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Jao J. Ou, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Michael I. Miga, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Vanderbilt Univ. Institute for Imaging Science (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7625:
Medical Imaging 2010: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling
Kenneth H. Wong; Michael I. Miga, Editor(s)

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