Special Issue "Entropy Based Image Registration"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Multidisciplinary Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Luminita Moraru
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Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University Dunarea de Jos of Galati, 800201 Galati, Romania
Interests: medical image analysis;artificial intelligence;image registration
Dr. Nilanjan Dey
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Techno India College of Technology, Kolkata, West Bengal 700156, India
Interests: image processing; AI; healthcare
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Dr. Simona Moldovanu
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Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Faculty of Automation, Computers Sciences, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, University Dunarea de Jos of Galati, 800201 Galati, Romania
Interests: medical image reconstruction/analysis; computational methods in medical imaging; medical image processing and segmentation; computer aided detection/diagnosis; medical image construction techniques and imaging in diagnostic radiology/echography, Artificial Intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of entropy indicates the degree of irregularity or uncertainty in a system. Usually, there are two concepts: entropy and information. Entropy represents the uncertainty, which means one is unconfident about the occurrence of a process. An increase in the uncertainty of a system will reduce the entropy of that system. Information represents the difference between the maximum and the actual value of entropy of a system. The analysis of medical images requires, among many others, statistical methods to achieve certain relationship between two or more images. The analysis of this relationship usually becomes manageable once a correspondence is set up between the images by means of image registration. A universal image registration solution is not possible but various techniques can be tailored for particular applications such as images acquired by MRI, US, CT, PET or retinal images. Both multi-modal image registration and multisubject image registration are difficult, but different stochastic models of the registration problem yield different entropic measures/entropy estimators to quantify the quality of image registration.

This Special Issue collects recent results drawn from research areas of medical imaging and image processing, such as parametric and nonparametric entropy estimation problem from the perspective of image registration, Rényi entropy-based image registration, level set entropy for nonrigid registration, and entropy-based registration algorithm. Contributions addressing any of these issues are very welcome.

Aim: to bring together the latest research into entropy based image registration.

Scope: parametric entropy estimation problem for image registration, non-parametric entropy estimation problem for image registration, Rényi entropy-based image registration, level set entropy for non-rigid registration, entropy-based registration algorithm, entropic graphs for registration.

Prof. Luminita Moraru
Dr. Nilanjan Dey
Dr. Simona Moldovanu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Rényi entropy-based image registration
  • Non-rigid registration
  • Parametric and non-parametric entropy estimation problem for image registration

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Combining Sparse and Dense Features to Improve Multi-Modal Registration for Brain DTI Images
Entropy 2020, 22(11), 1299; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/e22111299 - 14 Nov 2020
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A new solution to overcome the constraints of multimodality medical intra-subject image registration is proposed, using the mutual information (MI) of image histogram-oriented gradients as a new matching criterion. We present a rigid, multi-modal image registration algorithm based on linear transformation and oriented [...] Read more.
A new solution to overcome the constraints of multimodality medical intra-subject image registration is proposed, using the mutual information (MI) of image histogram-oriented gradients as a new matching criterion. We present a rigid, multi-modal image registration algorithm based on linear transformation and oriented gradients for the alignment of T2-weighted (T2w) images (as a fixed reference) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) (b-values of 500 and 1250 s/mm2) as floating images of three patients to compensate for the motion during the acquisition process. Diffusion MRI is very sensitive to motion, especially when the intensity and duration of the gradient pulses (characterized by the b-value) increases. The proposed method relies on the whole brain surface and addresses the variability of anatomical features into an image stack. The sparse features refer to corners detected using the Harris corner detector operator, while dense features use all image pixels through the image histogram of oriented gradients (HOG) as a measure of the degree of statistical dependence between a pair of registered images. HOG as a dense feature is focused on the structure and extracts the oriented gradient image in the x and y directions. MI is used as an objective function for the optimization process. The entropy functions and joint entropy function are determined using the HOGs data. To determine the best image transformation, the fiducial registration error (FRE) measure is used. We compare the results against the MI-based intensities results computed using a statistical intensity relationship between corresponding pixels in source and target images. Our approach, which is devoted to the whole brain, shows improved registration accuracy, robustness, and computational cost compared with the registration algorithms, which use anatomical features or regions of interest areas with specific neuroanatomy. Despite the supplementary HOG computation task, the computation time is comparable for MI-based intensities and MI-based HOG methods. Full article
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Grey-Wolf-Based Wang’s Demons for Retinal Image Registration
Entropy 2020, 22(6), 659; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/e22060659 - 15 Jun 2020
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Image registration has an imperative role in medical imaging. In this work, a grey-wolf optimizer (GWO)-based non-rigid demons registration is proposed to support the retinal image registration process. A comparative study of the proposed GWO-based demons registration framework with cuckoo search, firefly algorithm, [...] Read more.
Image registration has an imperative role in medical imaging. In this work, a grey-wolf optimizer (GWO)-based non-rigid demons registration is proposed to support the retinal image registration process. A comparative study of the proposed GWO-based demons registration framework with cuckoo search, firefly algorithm, and particle swarm optimization-based demons registration is conducted. In addition, a comparative analysis of different demons registration methods, such as Wang’s demons, Tang’s demons, and Thirion’s demons which are optimized using the proposed GWO is carried out. The results established the superiority of the GWO-based framework which achieved 0.9977 correlation, and fast processing compared to the use of the other optimization algorithms. Moreover, GWO-based Wang’s demons performed better accuracy compared to the Tang’s demons and Thirion’s demons framework. It also achieved the best less registration error of 8.36 × 10−5. Full article
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