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Biomechanical registration of prostate images using statistical shape models
Author(s): Patrick Courtis; Abbas Samani
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Paper Abstract

Proper targeting of radiation therapy during the treatment of prostate cancer requires the successful alignment of initial planning images with more recent ones taken during the treatment course. Prostatic displacement, if unaccounted for during the treatment course, can lead to radiation underdosage of the target area or radiation of the surrounding healthy tissue. Studies have shown that prostatic displacement is directly correlated with changes in the volume of the rectum. We have developed a non-rigid image registration system based on a biomechanical model of the prostate, rectum, and surrounding tissues, that incorporates statistical shape information about changes in the volume of the rectum. Using finite-element analysis and statistical shape models, our non-rigid registration method defines a mapping between two prostate image volumes. The proposed method assumes that the prostate image misregistration occurs as a result of changes in the rectum's shape. The change along the rectum's circumference was considered as the displacement boundary condition of the prostate's finite element model. As such we used a mutual information similarity measure in conjunction with the finite element model for computing the optimal boundary condition as well as estimating the location and relative Young's modulus of the central and peripheral zones within the prostate to the surrounding tissue. Compared to other techniques, this registration technique is not only efficient but also capable of providing valuable mechanical properties of tissue in vivo.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6143, Medical Imaging 2006: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images, 614311 (13 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.655071
Show Author Affiliations
Patrick Courtis, The Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Abbas Samani, The Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Robarts Research Institute (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6143:
Medical Imaging 2006: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images
Armando Manduca; Amir A. Amini, Editor(s)

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