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Fast voxel-based 2D/3D registration algorithm using a volume rendering method based on the shear-warp factorization
Author(s): Juergen Weese; Roland Goecke; Graeme P. Penney; Paul Desmedt; Thorsten M. Buzug; Heidrun Schumann
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Paper Abstract

2D/3D registration makes it possible to use pre-operative CT scans for navigation purposes during X-ray fluoroscopy guided interventions. We present a fast voxel-based method for this registration task, which uses a recently introduced similarity measure (pattern intensity). This measure is especially suitable for 2D/3D registration, because it is robust with respect to structures such as a stent visible in the X-ray fluoroscopy image but not in the CT scan. The method uses only a part of the CT scan for the generation of digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs) to accelerate their computation. Nevertheless, computation time is crucial for intra-operative application and a further speed-up is required, because numerous DRRs must be computed. For that reason, the suitability of different volume rendering methods for 2D/3D registration has been investigated. A method based on the shear-warp factorization of the viewing transformation turned out to be especially suitable and builds the basis of the registration algorithm. The algorithm has been applied to images of a spine phantom and to clinical images. For comparison, registration results have been calculated using ray-casting. The shear-warp factorization based rendering method accelerates registration by a factor of up to seven compared to ray-casting without degrading registration accuracy. Using a vertebra as feature for registration, computation time is in the range of 3-4s (Sun UltraSparc, 300 MHz) which is acceptable for intra-operative application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3661, Medical Imaging 1999: Image Processing, (21 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.348638
Show Author Affiliations
Juergen Weese, Philips Research Hamburg (Germany)
Roland Goecke, Univ. of Rostock (Germany)
Graeme P. Penney, Guy's Hospital (United Kingdom)
Paul Desmedt, Philips Medical Systems (Netherlands)
Thorsten M. Buzug, Univ. of Applied Sciences Remagen (Germany)
Heidrun Schumann, Univ. of Rostock (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3661:
Medical Imaging 1999: Image Processing
Kenneth M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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