11 March 2008 A unified framework for joint registration and segmentation
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Accurate image registration is a necessary prerequisite for many diagnostic and therapy planning procedures where complementary information from different images has to be combined. The design of robust and reliable non-parametric registration schemes is currently a very active research area. Modern approaches combine the pure registration scheme with other image processing routines such that both ingredients may benefit from each other. One of the new approaches is the combination of segmentation and registration ("segistration"). Here, the segmentation part guides the registration to its desired configuration, whereas on the other hand the registration leads to an automatic segmentation. By joining these image processing methods it is possible to overcome some of the pitfalls of the individual methods. Here, we focus on the benefits for the registration task. In the current work, we present a novel unified framework for non-parametric registration combined with energy-based segmentation through active contours. In the literature, one may find various ways to combine these image processing routines. Here, we present the most promising approaches within the general framework. It is based on a single variational formulation of both the registration and the segmentation part. The performance tests are carried out for magnetic resonance (MR) images of the brain, and they demonstrate the potential of the proposed methods.
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Konstantin Ens, Jens von Berg, Sven Kabus, Cristian Lorenz, Bernd Fischer, "A unified framework for joint registration and segmentation", Proc. SPIE 6914, Medical Imaging 2008: Image Processing, 691406 (11 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.769157; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.769157
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