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Head and Neck Lymph Node Region Delineation with 3-D CT Image Registration

Teng, C. C. and Austin-Seymour, M. M. and Barker, J. and Kalet, Ira J and Shapiro, Linda G and Whipple, Mark (2002) Head and Neck Lymph Node Region Delineation with 3-D CT Image Registration. In Proceedings, American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, pages pp. 767-771, San Antonio, Texas.

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The success of radiation therapy depends critically on accurately delineating the target volume, which is the region of known or suspected disease in a patient. Methods that can compute a contour set defining a target volume on a set of patient images will contribute greatly to the success of radiation therapy and dramatically reduce the workload of radiation oncologists, who currently draw the target by hand on the images using simple computer drawing tools. The most challenging part of this process is to estimate where there is microscopic spread of disease. We are developing methods for automatically selecting and adapting standardized regions of tumor spread based on the location of lymph nodes in a standard or reference case, together with image registration techniques. The best available image registration techniques (deformable transformations computed using mutual information optimization) appear promising but will need to be supplemented by anatomic knowledge-based methods to achieve a clinically acceptable match.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:SIG Publications
ID Code:128
Deposited By:Hinshaw, Kevin
Deposited On:22 May 2003