Geometry-aware multiscale image registration via OBBTree-based polyaffine log-demons

Christof Seiler, Xavier Pennec, Mauricio Reyes

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Non-linear image registration is an important tool in many areas of image analysis. For instance, in morphometric studies of a population of brains, free-form deformations between images are analyzed to describe the structural anatomical variability. Such a simple deformation model is justified by the absence of an easy expressible prior about the shape changes. Applying the same algorithms used in brain imaging to orthopedic images might not be optimal due to the difference in the underlying prior on the inter-subject deformations. In particular, using an un-informed deformation prior often leads to local minima far from the expected solution. To improve robustness and promote anatomically meaningful deformations, we propose a locally affine and geometry-aware registration algorithm that automatically adapts to the data. We build upon the log-domain demons algorithm and introduce a new type of OBBTree-based regularization in the registration with a natural multiscale structure. The regularization model is composed of a hierarchy of locally affine transformations via their logarithms. Experiments on mandibles show improved accuracy and robustness when used to initialize the demons, and even similar performance by direct comparison to the demons, with a significantly lower degree of freedom. This closes the gap between polyaffine and non-rigid registration and opens new ways to statistically analyze the registration results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention
Number of pages8
EditionPt 2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

SeriesMedical image computing and computer-assisted intervention : MICCAI ... International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention


  • Algorithms
  • Diagnostic Imaging/methods
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted/methods
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted/methods
  • Mandible/diagnostic imaging
  • Models, Statistical
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Orthopedics/methods
  • Software
  • Subtraction Technique
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed/methods

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