Validation of DRAMMS among 12 Popular Methods in Cross-Subject Cardiac MRI Registration

  • Yangming Ou
  • Dong Hye Ye
  • Kilian M. Pohl
  • Christos Davatzikos
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7359)


Cross-subject image registration is the building block for many cardiac studies. In the literature, it is often handled by voxel-wise registration methods. However, studies are lacking to show which methods are more accurate and stable in this context. Aiming at answering this question, this paper evaluates 12 popular registration methods and validates a recently developed method DRAMMS [16] in the context of cross-subject cardiac registration. Our dataset consists of short-axis end-diastole cardiac MR images from 24 subjects, in which non-cardiac structures are removed. Each registration method was applied to all 552 image pairs. Registration accuracy is approximated by Jaccard overlap between deformed expert annotation of source image and the corresponding expert annotation of target image. This accuracy surrogate is further correlated with deformation aggressiveness, which is reflected by minimum, maximum and range of Jacobian determinants. Our study shows that DRAMMS [16] scores high in accuracy and well balances accuracy and aggressiveness in this dataset, followed by ANTs [13], MI-FFD [14], Demons [15], and ART [12]. Our findings in cross-subject cardiac registrations echo those findings in brain image registrations [7].


Image Registration Validation Evaluation Cardiac MRI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yangming Ou
    • 1
  • Dong Hye Ye
    • 1
  • Kilian M. Pohl
    • 1
  • Christos Davatzikos
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Biomedical Image Analysis (SBIA), Department of RadiologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaUSA

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