Joint registration and segmentation of serial lung CT images for image-guided lung cancer diagnosis and therapy

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In image-guided diagnosis and treatment of small peripheral lung lesions the alignment of the pre-procedural lung CT images and the intra-procedural images is an important step to accurately guide and monitor the interventional procedure. Registering the serial images often relies on correct segmentation of the images and, on the other hand, the segmentation results can be further improved by temporal alignment of the serial images. This paper presents a joint serial image registration and segmentation algorithm. In this algorithm, serial images are segmented based on the current deformations, and the deformations among the serial images are iteratively refined based on the updated segmentation results. No temporal smoothness about the deformation fields is enforced so that the algorithm can tolerate larger or discontinuous temporal changes that often appear during image-guided therapy. Physical procedure models could also be incorporated to our framework to better handle the temporal changes of the serial images during intervention. In experiments, we apply the proposed algorithm to align serial lung CT images. Results using both simulated and clinical images show that the new algorithm is more robust compared to the method that only uses deformable registration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalComputerized Medical Imaging and Graphics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Image registration
  • Image segmentation
  • Image-guided therapy
  • Lung cancer
  • Serial image analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Health Informatics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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