In this paper we propose a registration method that combines intensity information with geometrical information in the form of curves and surfaces derived from lung CT images. Vessel tree centerlines and lung surfaces were extracted from segmented structures. First, a current-based registration was applied to align the pulmonary vessel tree and the lung surfaces. Subsequently, the resulting deformation field was used to constrain an intensity-based registration method. We applied the combined registration on a set of image pairs, extracted at the end exhale and the end inhale phases of 4DCT scans. The proposed combined registration was compared to intensity-based registration, using a set of manually selected landmarks. The proposed registration decreases the mean and the standard deviation of the target registration errors for all 5 cases to on average 1.47±1.05 mm, compared to the intensity-based registration without constraint 1.74±1.31 mm.

BSplines, Currents, Image registration, Lung CT
dx.doi.org/10.1109/ISBI.2010.5490341, hdl.handle.net/1765/90946
7th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, ISBI 2010
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Gorbunova, V, Durrleman, S, Lo, P, Pennec, X, & de Bruijne, M. (2010). Lung CT registration combining intensity, curves and surfaces. Presented at the 7th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, ISBI 2010. doi:10.1109/ISBI.2010.5490341