Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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S. Atasoy, B. Glocker, S. Giannarou, D. Mateus, A. Meining, G. Z. Yang, N. Navab
Probabilistic Region Matching in Narrow-Band Endoscopy for Targeted Optical Biopsy
Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), London, UK, September 20-24 2009. (bib)

Recent advances in biophotonics have enabled in-vivo, in-situ histopathology for routine clinical applications. The non-invasive nature of these optical ‘biopsy’ techniques, however, entails the difficulty of identifying previously visited biopsy locations, particularly for surveillance examinations. This paper presents a novel region-matching approach for narrow-band endoscopy to facilitate retargeting the optical biopsy sites. The task of matching sparse affine invariant image regions is modeled in a Markov Random Field (MRF) framework. The proposed model incorporates appearance based region similarities as well as spatial correlations of neighboring regions. In particular, a geometric constraint that is robust to deviations in relative positioning of the detected regions is introduced. In the proposed model, the appearance and geometric constraints are evaluated in the same space (photometry), allowing for their seamless integration into the MRF objective function. The performance of the method as compared to the existing state-of-the-art is evaluated on both in-vivo and simulation datasets with varying levels of visual complexities.
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