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Mammogram registration using the Cauchy-Navier spline
Author(s): Michael A. Wirth; Christopher Choi
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Paper Abstract

The process of comparative analysis involves inspecting mammograms for characteristic signs of potential cancer by comparing various analogous mammograms. Factors such as the deformable behavior of the breast, changes in breast positioning, and the amount/geometry of compression may contribute to spatial differences between corresponding structures in corresponding mammograms, thereby significantly complicating comparative analysis. Mammogram registration is a process whereby spatial differences between mammograms can be reduced. Presented in this paper is a nonrigid approach to matching corresponding mammograms based on a physical registration model. Many of the earliest approaches to mammogram registration used spatial transformations which were innately rigid or affine in nature. More recently algorithms have incorporated radial basis functions such as the Thin-Plate Spline to match mammograms. The approach presented here focuses on the use of the Cauchy-Navier Spline, a deformable registration model which offers approximate nonrigid registration. The utility of the Cauchy-Navier Spline is illustrated by matching both temporal and bilateral mammograms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4322, Medical Imaging 2001: Image Processing, (3 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.431052
Show Author Affiliations
Michael A. Wirth, Univ. of Guelph (Canada)
Christopher Choi, Bridge Systems (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4322:
Medical Imaging 2001: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; Kenneth M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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