Module Type & Category
Authors, Collaborators & Contact
- Original Author: Tom Vercauteren : Institut National de Recherche En Informatique Et En Automatique
- Contributor: Gregory Harris : University of Iowa
- Contributor: Hans J. Johnson : University of Iowa
- Contributor: Kent WIlliams : University of Iowa
- Contact: Hans J. Johnson email@example.com
BRAINSDemonWarp is a command line program for image registration by using different methods including Thirion and diffeomorphic demons algorithms.
The module requires a template image and a target image and registers the template (moving) image onto the target (fixed) image. The resultant deformation fields and metric values can be written to a file. The program uses the Insight Toolkit (www.ITK.org) for all the computations, and can operate on any of the image file types supported by that library.
Use Cases, Examples
The inputs to the BrainDemonsWarp program are the target image, the template image and the optional parameters. These parameters define the arguments for histogram matching and multi resolution registration. The outputs are the deformation field, output image, checkerboard image of the output and the fixed image and the x,y,z displacement vectors. If we specify debug option we can get the outputs at different stages. The filter is templated over the input image type, real image type and the output image types. We implement the algorithm by parsing the input, preprocessing them and registering the processed images.
- Parsing - The images are initialized by the ValidationInputParser. This function reads in the arguments from the parameter file. It sets the histogram bins, match points, number of levels in the multi resolution registration, shrink factors and number of iterations at each levels. If the orientations of the images are different it sets the orientation of the moving image to that of the fixed image.
- PreProcessing - In the next step the DemonsPreProcessor preprocesses the images by resampling the template image to target image space. The intensity mismatch problem is solved by histogram matching the images. Histogram matching is done only if the command line option -e is set. ItkHistogramMatchingImageFilter is used to perform this function. Another important step in preprocessing is skull stripping. Skull stripping is done only if the command line option -maskProcessingMode is set to BOBF. We have written an itk filter, named itkBOBFFilter for this purpose. This filter takes in an input image and a whole brain mask and outputs a Brain Only Background Filled(BOBF) image. The non-brain parts in the image are filled with the user specified background value. All computations are performed in the precision of ﬂoat data.
- Registration - The resulting moving Image and the fixed image are given as inputs to the demons registrator.It uses the MultiResolutionPDEDeformableRegistration filter with NN extrapolation as interpolator and implements the demons deformable algorithm by computing the deformation field which will map a moving image onto a fixed image. It is assumed that the vector elements behave like ﬂoating point scalars. Each vector in the deformation field represent the distance between a geometric point in the input space and a point in the output space. The output image is generated by warping the input image with the deformation field using the ItkWarpImageFilter. WarpImageFilter warps an existing image with respect to a given deformation field. Typically the mapped position does not correspond to an integer pixel position in the input image. Interpolation via an image function is used to compute values at non-integer positions. We have used the LinearInterpolateImageFunction for our application. To write the output image we cast the image to the user specified output pixel type.
Quick Tour of Features and Use
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Source code & documentation
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Source code: BRAINSDemonWarp
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