TU-H-CAMPUS-JeP1-04: Deformable Image Registration Performances in Pelvis Patients: Impact of CBCT Image Quality




To investigate the accuracy and robustness, against image noise and artifacts (typical of CBCT images), of a commercial algorithm for deformable image registration (DIR), to propagate regions of interest (ROIs) in computational phantoms based on real prostate patient images.


The Anaconda DIR algorithm, implemented in RayStation was tested. Two specific Deformation Vector Fields (DVFs) were applied to the reference data set (CTref) using the ImSimQA software, obtaining two deformed CTs. For each dataset twenty-four different level of noise and/or capping artifacts were applied to simulate CBCT images. DIR was performed between CTref and each deformed CTs and CBCTs. In order to investigate the relationship between image quality parameters and the DIR results (expressed by a logit transform of the Dice Index) a bilinear regression was defined.


More than 550 DIR-mapped ROIs were analyzed. The Statistical analysis states that deformation strenght and artifacts were significant prognostic factors of DIR performances, while noise appeared to have a minor role in DIR process as implemented in RayStation as expected by the image similarity metric built in the registration algorithm. Capping artifacts reveals a determinant role for the accuracy of DIR results. Two optimal values for capping artifacts were found to obtain acceptable DIR results (DICE> 075/ 0.85). Various clinical CBCT acquisition protocol were reported to evaluate the significance of the study.


This work illustrates the impact of image quality on DIR performance. Clinical issues like Adaptive Radiation Therapy (ART) and Dose Accumulation need accurate and robust DIR software. The RayStation DIR algorithm resulted robust against noise, but sensitive to image artifacts. This result highlights the need of robustness quality assurance against image noise and artifacts in the commissioning of a DIR commercial system and underlines the importance to adopt optimized protocols for CBCT image acquisitions in ART clinical implementation.