FLASH - Fast Landmark Aligned Spherical Harmonic Parameterization for Genus-0 Closed Brain Surfaces

Pui-Tung Choi The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ka Chun Lam The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ronald Lok Ming Lui The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Computational Geometry mathscidoc:1609.09009

SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences, 8, (1), 67-94, 2015.1
Surface registration between cortical surfaces is crucial in medical imaging for performing systematic comparisons between brains. Landmark-matching registration that matches anatomical features, called the sulcal landmarks, is often required to obtain a meaningful 1-1 correspondence between brain surfaces. This is commonly done by parameterizing the surface onto a simple parameter domain, such as the unit sphere, in which the sulcal landmarks are consistently aligned. Landmark matching surface registration can then be obtained from the landmark aligned parameterizations. For genus-0 closed brain surfaces, the optimized spherical harmonic parameterization, which aligns landmarks to consistent locations on the sphere, has been widely used. This approach is limited by the loss of bijectivity under large deformations and the slow computation. In this paper, we propose FLASH, a fast algorithm to compute the optimized spherical harmonic parameterization with consistent landmark alignment. This is achieved by formulating the optimization problem to ℂ and thereby linearizing the problem. Errors introduced near the pole are corrected using quasiconformal theories. Also, by adjusting the Beltrami differential of the mapping, a diffeomorphic (1-1, onto) spherical parameterization can be effectively obtained. The proposed algorithm has been tested on 38 human brain surfaces. Experimental results demonstrate that the computation of the landmark aligned spherical harmonic parameterization is significantly accelerated using the proposed algorithm.
surface registration, brain cortical surfaces, landmark matching, optimized harmonic registration, Beltrami differential
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@inproceedings{pui-tung2015flash,
  title={FLASH - Fast Landmark Aligned Spherical Harmonic Parameterization for Genus-0 Closed Brain Surfaces},
  author={Pui-Tung Choi, Ka Chun Lam, and Ronald Lok Ming Lui},
  url={http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20160905162151849136621},
  booktitle={SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences},
  volume={8},
  number={1},
  pages={67-94},
  year={2015},
}
Pui-Tung Choi, Ka Chun Lam, and Ronald Lok Ming Lui. FLASH - Fast Landmark Aligned Spherical Harmonic Parameterization for Genus-0 Closed Brain Surfaces. 2015. Vol. 8. In SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences. pp.67-94. http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20160905162151849136621.
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