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9 March 2011 Effect of registration on corpus callosum population differences found with DBM analysis
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Deformation Based Morphometry (DBM) is a relatively new method used for characterizing anatomical differences among populations. DBM is based on the analysis of the deformation fields generated by non-rigid registration algorithms, which warp the individual volumes to one standard coordinate system. Although several studies have compared non-rigid registration algorithms for segmentation tasks, few studies have compared the effect of the registration algorithm on population differences that may be uncovered through DBM. In this study, we compared DBM results obtained with five well established non-rigid registration algorithms on the corpus callosum (CC) in thirteen subjects with Williams Syndrome (WS) and thirteen Normal Control (NC) subjects. The five non-rigid registration algorithms include: (1) The Adaptive Basis Algorithm (ABA); (2) Image Registration Toolkit (IRTK); (3) FSL Nonlinear Image Registration Tool (FSL); (4) Automatic Registration Tools (ART); and (5) the normalization algorithm available in SPM8. For each algorithm, the 3D deformation fields from all subjects to the atlas were obtained and used to calculate the Jacobian determinant (JAC) at each voxel in the mid-sagittal slice of the CC. The mean JAC maps for each group were compared quantitatively across different nonrigid registration algorithms. An ANOVA test performed on the means of the JAC over the Genu and the Splenium ROIs shows the JAC differences between nonrigid registration algorithms are statistically significant over the Genu for both groups and over the Splenium for the NC group. These results suggest that it is important to consider the effect of registration when using DBM to compute morphological differences in populations.
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Zhaoying Han, Tricia A. Thornton-Wells, John C. Gore, and Benoit M. Dawant "Effect of registration on corpus callosum population differences found with DBM analysis", Proc. SPIE 7965, Medical Imaging 2011: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, 79650O (9 March 2011);

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