Space-frequency detail-preserving construction of neonatal brain atlases

Yuyao Zhang, Feng Shi, Pew Thian Yap, Dinggang Shen

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Brain atlases are an integral component of neuroimaging studies. However, most brain atlases are fuzzy and lack structural details, especially in the cortical regions. In particular, neonatal brain atlases are especially challenging to construct due to the low spatial resolution and low tissue contrast. This is mainly caused by the image averaging process involved in atlas construction, often smoothing out high-frequency contents that indicate fine anatomical details. In this paper, we propose a novel framework for detailpreserving construction of atlases. Our approach combines space and frequency information to better preserve image details. This is achieved by performing reconstruction in the space-frequency domain given by wavelet transform. Sparse patch-based atlas reconstruction is performed in each frequency subband. Combining the results for all these subbands will then result in a refined atlas. Compared with existing atlases, experimental results indicate that our approach has the ability to build an atlas with more structural details, thus leading to better performance when used to normalize a group of testing neonatal images.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - MICCAI 2015 - 18th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsJoachim Hornegger, Alejandro F. Frangi, William M. Wells, Alejandro F. Frangi, Nassir Navab, Joachim Hornegger, Nassir Navab, William M. Wells, William M. Wells, Alejandro F. Frangi, Joachim Hornegger, Nassir Navab
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319245706, 9783319245706, 9783319245706
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2015 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 2015 Oct 52015 Oct 9

Publication series

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


Other18th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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