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Finite-element method for intermodality nonrigid breast registration using external skin markers
Author(s): Ioana L. Coman; Andrzej Krol; James A. Mandel; Karl G. Baum; Min Luo; Edward D. Lipson; David H. Feiglin
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Paper Abstract

We are developing a method using nonrigid co-registration of PET and MR breast images as a way to improve diagnostic specificity in difficult-to-interpret mammograms, and ultimately to avoid biopsy. A deformable breast model based on a finite-element method (FEM) has been employed. The FEM “loads” are taken as the observed intermodality displacements of several fiducial skin markers placed on the breast and visible in PET and MRI. The analogy between orthogonal components of the displacement field and the temperature differences in a steady-state heat transfer (SSHT) in solids has been adopted. The model allows estimation, throughout the breast, of the intermodality displacement field. To test our model, an elastic breast phantom with simulated internal "lesions" and external markers was imaged with PET and MRI. We have estimated fiducial- and target-registration errors vs. number and location of fiducials, and have shown that the SSHT approach using external fiducial markers is accurate to within ~5 mm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2004
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5370, Medical Imaging 2004: Image Processing, (12 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.536144
Show Author Affiliations
Ioana L. Coman, Ithaca College (United States)
SUNY/Upstate Medical Univ. (United States)
Syracuse Univ. (United States)
Andrzej Krol, SUNY/Upstate Medical Univ. (United States)
Syracuse Univ. (United States)
James A. Mandel, Syracuse Univ. (United States)
Karl G. Baum, Syracuse Univ. (United States)
Min Luo, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Edward D. Lipson, Syracuse Univ. (United States)
SUNY/Upstate Medical Univ. (United States)
David H. Feiglin, SUNY/Upstate Medical Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5370:
Medical Imaging 2004: Image Processing
J. Michael Fitzpatrick; Milan Sonka, Editor(s)

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