CERR: New Tools to Analyze Image Registration Precision
A Apte*, Y Wang, J Oh, Z Saleh, J Deasy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NEW YORK, NYSU-E-J-92 Sunday 3:00:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall
To present new tools in CERR (The Computational Environment for Radiotherapy Research) to analyze image registration and other software updates/additions.
CERR continues to be a key environment (cited more than 129 times to date) for numerous RT-research studies involving outcomes modeling, prototyping algorithms for segmentation, and registration, experiments with phantom dosimetry, IMRT research, etc. Image registration is one of the key technologies required in many research studies. CERR has been interfaced with popular image registration frameworks like Plastimatch and ITK. Once the images have been auto-registered, CERR provides tools to analyze the accuracy of registration using the following innovative approaches (1)Distance Discordance Histograms (DDH), described in detail in a separate paper and (2)'MirrorScope', explained as follows: for any view plane the 2-d image is broken up into a 2d grid of medium-sized squares. Each square contains a right-half, which is the reference image, and a left-half, which is the mirror flipped version of the overlay image. The user can increase or decrease the size of this grid to control the resolution of the analysis. Other updates to CERR include tools to extract image and dosimetric features programmatically and storage in a central database and tools to interface with Statistical analysis software like SPSS and Matlab Statistics toolbox.
MirrorScope was compared on various examples, including 'perfect' registration examples and 'artificially translated' registrations. For 'perfect' registration, the patterns obtained within each circles are symmetric, and are easily, visually recognized as aligned. For registrations that are off, the patterns obtained in the circles located in the regions of imperfections show unsymmetrical patterns that are easily recognized.
The new updates to CERR further increase its utility for RT-research. Mirrorscope is a visually intuitive method of monitoring the accuracy of image registration that improves on the visual confusion of standard methods.