A Scale-Space Approach for Image Registration of Vessel Structures

  • Stefan Heldmann
  • Nils Papenberg
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We present a multi-scale approach for non-rigid image registration of tubular tree-like structures such as vessels. Therefore, we consider a Gaussian and a combined morphological and Gaussian scale-space. Similar to a multi-level framework, we solve a sequence of registration problems on several scale-space levels using a standard variational approach for non-liner volumetric image registration. The overall idea is to avoid locally ambiguous mappings between parts of the images by removing morphological details but also finding a global optimal solution by spreading remaining local information using Gaussian scaling. We successfully tested our method on registration of 3D CT and ultrasound images of hepatic vessels.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Heldmann
    • 1
  • Nils Papenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of MathematicsUniversity of LübeckDeutschland

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