Vascular Registration in Photoacoustic Imaging by Low-Rank Alignment via Foreground, Background and Complement Decomposition

  • Ryoma Bise
  • Yingqiang Zheng
  • Imari Sato
  • Masakazu Toi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9902)


Photoacoustic (PA) imaging has been gaining attention as a new imaging modality that can non-invasively visualize blood vessels inside biological tissues. In the process of imaging large body parts through multi-scan fusion, alignment turns out to be an important issue, since body motion degrades image quality. In this paper, we carefully examine the characteristics of PA images and propose a novel registration method that achieves better alignment while effectively decomposing the shot volumes into low-rank foreground (blood vessels), dense background (noise), and sparse complement (corruption) components on the basis of the PA characteristics. The results of experiments using a challenging real data-set demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed method, which significantly improved image quality, and had the best alignment accuracy among the state-of-the-art methods tested.


Dense Noise Nuclear Norm Augmented Lagrange Multiplier Difference Component Coarse Alignment 
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This work was funded by ImPACT Program of Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (Cabinet Office, Government of Japan).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryoma Bise
    • 1
  • Yingqiang Zheng
    • 1
  • Imari Sato
    • 1
  • Masakazu Toi
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of InformaticsChiyodaJapan
  2. 2.Kyoto University HospitalKyotoJapan

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