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Automated Piecewise Affine Registration of Biological Images

Abstract : This report tackles the registration of 2D biological images (histological sections or autoradiographs) to 2D images from the same or different modalities (e.g., histology or MRI). The process of acquiring these images typically induces composite transformations that we model as a number of rigid or affine local transformations embedded in an elastic one. We propose a registration approach closely derived from this model. Given a pair of input images, we first compute a dense similarity field between them with a block matching algorithm. A hierarchical clustering algorithm then automatically partitions this field into a number of classes from which we extract independent pairs of sub-images. Our clustering algorithm relies on the Earth mover's distribution metric and is additionally guided by robust least-square estimation of the transformations associated with each cluster. Finally, the pairs of sub-images are, independently, affinely registered and a hybrid affine/non-linear interpolation scheme is used to compose the output registered image. We investigate the behavior of our approach under a variety of conditions, and discuss examples using simulated and real medical images, including MRI, autoradiography, histology and cryosection data. We also detail the reconstruction of a 3-D volume from a series of 2-D histological sections and compare it against a reconstruction obtained with a global rigid approach.
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Alain Pitiot, Éric Bardinet, Paul M. Thompson, Grégoire Malandain. Automated Piecewise Affine Registration of Biological Images. RR-4866, INRIA. 2003. ⟨inria-00071717⟩



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