Improving functional MRI registration using whole-brain functional correlation tensors

Yujia Zhou, Pew Thian Yap, Han Zhang, Lichi Zhang, Qianjin Feng, Dinggang Shen

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Population studies of brain function with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) largely rely on the accurate inter-subject registration of functional areas. This is typically achieved through registration of the corresponding T1-weighted MR images with more structural details. However, accumulating evidence has suggested that such strategy cannot well-align functional regions which are not necessarily confined by the anatomical boundaries defined by the T1-weighted MR images. To mitigate this problem, various registration algorithms based directly on rs-fMRI data have been developed, most of which have utilized functional connectivity (FC) as features for registration. However, most of the FC-based registration methods usually extract the functional features only from the thin and highly curved cortical grey matter (GM), posing a great challenge in accurately estimating the whole-brain deformation field. In this paper, we demonstrate that the additional useful functional features can be extracted from brain regions beyond the GM, particularly, white-matter (WM) based on rs-fMRI, for improving the overall functional registration. Specifically, we quantify the local anisotropic correlation patterns of the blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) signals, modeled by functional correlation tensors (FCTs), in both GM and WM. Functional registration is then performed based on multiple components of the whole-brain FCTs using a multichannel Large Deformation Diffeomorphic Metric Mapping (mLDDMM) algorithm. Experimental results show that our proposed method achieves superior functional registration performance, compared with other conventional registration methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention − MICCAI 2017 - 20th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsMaxime Descoteaux, Simon Duchesne, Alfred Franz, Pierre Jannin, D. Louis Collins, Lena Maier-Hein
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319661810
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2017 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2017 Sept 112017 Sept 13

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10433 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2017
CityQuebec City


  • Registration
  • Resting-state fMRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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