Purpose: To develop a method for intra-patient registration of pre- and post-contrast abdominal MR images with large local deformations and large intensity variations. Method: A hybrid method is proposed to deal with this problem. It consists of two coupled techniques: (1) descriptor matching (DM) at the original resolution using a discrete optimization strategy to avoid getting trapped in a local minimum; (2) continuous optimization to refine the registration outcome based on autocorrelation of local image structure (ALOST). Our method—called DM-ALOST—has become insensitive to the local uptake of contrast agent by exploiting the mean phase and the phase congruency extracted from the multi-scale monogenic signal. The method was extensively tested on abdominal MR data of 30 patients with Crohn’s disease. Results: DM-ALOST produced significantly larger mean Dice coefficients than two state-of-the-art methods (p< 0.05). Conclusion: Both qualitative and quantitative tests demonstrated improved registration using the proposed method compared to the state-of-the-art. The DM-ALOST method facilitates measurement of corresponding features from different abdominal MR images, which can aid to assess certain diseases, particularly Crohn’s disease.
|Journal||International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|