Towards personalized statistical deformable model and hybrid point matching for robust MR-TRUS registration

Yi Wang, Jie Zhi Cheng, Dong Ni, Muqing Lin, Jing Qin, Xiongbiao Luo, Ming Xu, Xiaoyan Xie, Pheng Ann Heng

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Registration and fusion of magnetic resonance (MR) and 3D transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) images of the prostate gland can provide high-quality guidance for prostate interventions. However, accurate MR-TRUS registration remains a challenging task, due to the great intensity variation between two modalities, the lack of intrinsic fiducials within the prostate, the large gland deformation caused by the TRUS probe insertion, and distinctive biomechanical properties in patients and prostate zones. To address these challenges, a personalized model-to-surface registration approach is proposed in this study. The main contributions of this paper can be threefold. First, a new personalized statistical deformable model (PSDM) is proposed with the finite element analysis and the patient-specific tissue parameters measured from the ultrasound elastography. Second, a hybrid point matching method is developed by introducing the modality independent neighborhood descriptor (MIND) to weight the Euclidean distance between points to establish reliable surface point correspondence. Third, the hybrid point matching is further guided by the PSDM for more physically plausible deformation estimation. Eighteen sets of patient data are included to test the efficacy of the proposed method. The experimental results demonstrate that our approach provides more accurate and robust MR-TRUS registration than state-ofthe- art methods do. The averaged target registration error is 1.44 mm, which meets the clinical requirement of 1.9 mm for the accurate tumor volume detection. It can be concluded that the pre- sented method can effectively fuse the heterogeneous image information in the elastography, MR, and TRUS to attain satisfactory image alignment performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2485299
Pages (from-to)589-604
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Deformable registration
  • Elastography
  • MR-TRUS prostate registration
  • Robust point matching
  • Statistical deformable model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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