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A Pyramid Approach to Subpixel Registration Based on Intensity

P. Thévenaz, U.E. Ruttimann, M. Unser

IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 27-41, January 1998.

We present an automatic sub-pixel registration algorithm that minimizes the mean square difference of intensities between a reference and a test data set, which can be either tri-dimensional (3-D) volumes or bi-dimensional (2-D) images. It uses spline processing, is based on a coarse-to-fine strategy (pyramid approach), and performs minimization according to a new variation of the iterative Marquardt-Levenberg algorithm for non-linear least-square optimization (MLA). The geometric deformation model is a global 3-D affine transformation, which one may restrict to the case of rigid-body motion (isometric scale, rotation and translation). It may also include a parameter to adjust for image contrast differences. We obtain excellent results for the registration of intra-modality Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) data. We conclude that the multi-resolution refinement strategy is more robust than a comparable single-scale method, being less likely to get trapped into a false local optimum. In addition, it is also faster.


Some conventions used in the paper were not explicit. More importantly, the adherence to these untold conventions was not consistent throughout the paper, which lead to erroneous equations. The version below makes the conventions explicit and corrects the mistakes.

  • Equation (3) should become

    Qb,A{ƒ}(x) = Cγ{AA{Tb{ƒ}}}(x)
    = Cγ{AA{ƒ(· + b)}}(x)
    = Cγ{ƒ(A · + b)}(x)
    = {eγ ƒ(A · + b)}(x)
    = eγ ƒ(A x + b)
  • Similarly, equation (11) should become

    Qb,κ,φ,ϑ,ψ,γ{ƒ}(x) = Cγ{Rφ,ϑ,ψ{Sκ{Tb{ƒ}}}}(x)
    = Cγ{Rφ,ϑ,ψ{Sκ{ƒ(· + b)}}}(x)
    = Cγ{Rφ,ϑ,ψ{ƒ(eκ · + b)}}(x)
    = Cγ{ƒ(eκ R(φ,ϑ,ψ) · + b)}(x)
    = {eγ ƒ(eκ R(φ,ϑ,ψ) · + b)}(x)
    = eγ ƒ(eκ R(φ,ϑ,ψ) x + b)
  • Then, Table I should be corrected as follows:

  • Table II should be corrected as follows:


    with Rφ,ϑ,ψ{ƒ}(x) = (Rφ′,ϑ′,ψ′ o Rφ″,ϑ″,ψ″){ƒ}(x) = ƒ(R(φ″,ϑ″,ψ″) R(φ′,ϑ′,ψ′) x).

  • Equation (21) should become ε2 = (e ⁄ |det(A)|) ||CΔγ{AIA{TΔbT}}} - C{AA-1{T-((IA)A)-1bR}}}||2.

  • Equation (22) should become ε2 = (e2(γ+Δγ) ⁄ |det((IA)A)|) ||ƒT - C-γ-Δγ{A((IA)A)-1{T-((IA)A)-1(bb)R}}}||2.

  • Equation (23) should become ε2 = ||Cγ+Δγ{A(IA)A{TbbT}}} - ƒR||2.

  • Equation (24) should become ε2 = e2γ-3κ ||CΔγ{RΔφ,Δϑ,Δψ{SΔκ{TΔbT}}}} - C{R-1φ,ϑ,ψ{S{T-(R(Δφ,Δϑ,Δψ)R(φ,ϑ,ψ))-1e-κ-ΔκbR}}}}||2.

  • Equation (25) should become ε2 = e2(γ+Δγ)-3(κ+Δκ) ||ƒT - C-γ-Δγ{(Rφ,ϑ,ψoRΔφ,Δϑ,Δψ)-1{S-κ-Δκ{T-(R(Δφ,Δϑ,Δψ)R(φ,ϑ,ψ))-1e-κ-Δκ(bb)R}}}}||2.

  • Equation (26) should become ε2 = ||Cγ+Δγ{Rφ,ϑ,ψoRΔφ,Δϑ,Δψ{Sκ+Δκ{TbbT}}}} - ƒR||2.

  • Page 32, second column, last paragraph, line 10, replace (R-1Δφ,Δϑ,ΔψoR-1φ,ϑ,ψ) by (Rφ,ϑ,ψoRΔφ,Δϑ,Δψ)-1.

  • Equation (A.1) should become χ2(p) = (e ⁄ |det(A)|) ∑i=1…N (CΔγ{AIA{TΔbT}}}(xi) - C{AA-1{T-((IA)A)-1bR}}}(xi))2.

  • Finally, Equation (A.2) should become

    βk = -½ (∂χ2(p) ⁄ ∂Δpk)
    = (e-2γ ⁄ |det(A)|) ∑i=1…NT(xi) - C{AA-1{T-((IA)A)-1bR}}}(xi)) (∂QΔpT}(xi) ⁄ ∂Δpk).

AUTHOR="Th{\'{e}}venaz, P. and Ruttimann, U.E. and Unser, M.",
TITLE="A Pyramid Approach to Subpixel Registration Based on
JOURNAL="{IEEE} Transactions on Image Processing",

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