Evaluation of four volume-based image registration algorithms

Med Dosim. Winter 2009;34(4):317-22. doi: 10.1016/j.meddos.2008.12.004. Epub 2009 Feb 5.


We evaluated 4 volume-based automatic image registration algorithms from 2 commercially available treatment planning systems (Philips Syntegra and BrainScan). The algorithms based on cross correlation (CC), local correlation (LC), normalized mutual information (NMI), and BrainScan mutual information (BSMI) were evaluated with: (1) the synthetic computed tomography (CT) images, (2) the CT and magnetic resonance (MR) phantom images, and (3) the CT and MR head image pairs from 12 patients with brain tumors. For the synthetic images, the registration results were compared with known transformation parameters, and all algorithms achieved accuracy of submillimeter in translation and subdegree in rotation. For the phantom images, the registration results were compared with those provided by frame and marker-based manual registration. For the patient images, the results were compared with anatomical landmark-based manual registration to qualitatively determine how the results were close to a clinically acceptable registration. NMI and LC outperformed CC and BSMI, with the sense of being closer to a clinically acceptable result. As for the robustness, NMI and BSMI outperformed CC and LC. A guideline of image registration in our institution was given, and final visual assessment is necessary to guarantee reasonable results.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods*
  • Radiometry / methods*
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity