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Registration algorithms for interventional MRI-guided treatment of the prostate
Author(s): Baowei Fei; Kristin Frinkley; David L. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

We are investigating interventional MRI (iMRI) guided radiofrequency (RF) thermal ablation for the minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer. Nuclear medicine and MR spectroscopy can detect and localize tumor in the prostate not reliably seen in MR. We are investigating methods to combine the advantages of functional images such as SPECT with iMRI-guided treatments. Our concept is to first register the low-resolution functional images with a high resolution MRI. Then by registering the high-resolution MR volume with live-time iMRI acquisitions, we can, in turn, map the functional data and high-resolution anatomic information to iMRI images for improved tumor targeting. To achieve robust, accurate, and fast registration, we extensively compared different registration algorithms to align iMRI images with a high-resolution MR volume. Then by registering the high-resolution MR image with live-time iMRI acquisitions, we can, in turn, map the functional data and high-resolution anatomic information to iMRI images for improved tumor targeting. In this study, we registered noisy, thick iMRI image slices with high-resolution MR volumes and called this slice-to-volume registration. We investigated two similarity measures, i.e., mutual information and correlation coefficient, and three interpolation methods, i.e., tri-linear, re-normalized sinc, and nearest neighbor. To assess the quality of registration, we calculated 3D displacement on a voxel-by-voxel basis over a volume of interest between slice-to-volume registation and volume-to-volume registration that was previously shown to be quite accurate for these image pairs. Over 300 registration experiments showed that transverse slice images covering the prostate work best with a registration error of only 0.4 ± 0.2 mm. Error was greater at other slice orientations and positions. Since live-time iMRI images are used for guidance and registered images are used for adjunctive information, the accuracy and robustness of slice-to-volume registration is very probably adequate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5029, Medical Imaging 2003: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, (30 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479696
Show Author Affiliations
Baowei Fei, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Kristin Frinkley, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
David L. Wilson, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5029:
Medical Imaging 2003: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display
Robert L. Galloway, Editor(s)

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