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Journal of Medical Imaging • Open Access

Optimized SIFTFlow for registration of whole-mount histology to reference optical images

Paper Abstract

The registration of two-dimensional histology images to reference images from other modalities is an important preprocessing step in the reconstruction of three-dimensional histology volumes. This is a challenging problem because of the differences in the appearances of histology images and other modalities, and the presence of large nonrigid deformations which occur during slide preparation. This paper shows the feasibility of using densely sampled scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT) features and a SIFTFlow deformable registration algorithm for coregistering whole-mount histology images with blockface optical images. We present a method for jointly optimizing the regularization parameters used by the SIFTFlow objective function and use it to determine the most appropriate values for the registration of breast lumpectomy specimens. We demonstrate that tuning the regularization parameters results in significant improvements in accuracy and we also show that SIFTFlow outperforms a previously described edge-based registration method. The accuracy of the histology images to blockface images registration using the optimized SIFTFlow method was assessed using an independent test set of images from five different lumpectomy specimens and the mean registration error was 0.32±0.22  mm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2016
PDF: 10 pages
J. Med. Imag. 3(4) 047501 doi: 10.1117/1.JMI.3.4.047501
Published in: Journal of Medical Imaging Volume 3, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Rushin Shojaii, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Anne L. Martel, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Sunnybrook Research Institute (Canada)

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