Image registration by hierarchical matching of local spatial intensity histograms

Dinggang Shen

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We previously presented a HAMMER image registration algorithm that demonstrated high accuracy in superposition of images from different individual brains. However, the HAMMER registration algorithm requires presegmentation of brain tissues, since the attribute vectors used to hierarchically match the corresponding pairs of points are defined from the segmented images. In many applications, the segmentation of tissues might be difficult, unreliable or even impossible to complete, which potentially limits the use of the HAMMER algorithm in more generalized applications. To overcome this limitation, we use local spatial intensity histograms to design a new type of attribute vector for each point in an intensity image. The histogram-based attribute vector is rotationally invariant, and more importantly it captures spatial information by integrating a number of local histograms that are calculated from multi-resolution images. The new attribute vectors are able to determine corresponding points across individual images. Therefore, by hierarchically matching new attribute vectors, the proposed registration method performs as successfully as the previous HAMMER algorithm did in registering MR brain images, while providing more general applications in registering images of other organs. Experimental results show good performance of the proposed method in registering MR brain images and CT pelvis images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-590
Number of pages9
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2004 - 7th International Conference, Proceedings - Saint-Malo, France
Duration: 2004 Sept 262004 Sept 29

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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