Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2011

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Gary E. Christensen

First Committee Member

Hans Johnson

Second Committee Member

Jon Kuhl


In medical image registration the goal is to find point by point correspondences between a source image and a target image such that the two images are aligned. There are rigid and non-rigid registration algorithms. Rigid registration uses rigid transformation methods which preserve distances between every pair of points. Non-rigid registration uses transformation methods that do not have to preserve the distances. Image registration has many medical applications -tracking tumors, anatomical changes over time, differences between characteristics like age and gender, etc. A gold standard transformation to compare and evaluate the registration algorithms would be ideal to use to verify if the two images are perfectly aligned. However, there is hardly if ever a gold standard transformation for non-rigid registration algorithms. The reason why there is no gold standard transformation for non-rigid registration algorithms is that pointwise correspondence between two registered points is not unique. In the absence of a gold standard various evaluation methods are used to gauge registration performance. However, each evaluation method only evalutes the error in the transformation from a limited perspective and therefore has its advantages and drawbacks. The Non-Rigid Image Registration Evaluation Project (NIREP) was was created to provide one central tool that has a collection of evaluation methods to perform the evaluations on non-rigid image registration algorithms and rank the registration algorithms based on the outputs of the evaluation methods in the absence of without having to use a gold standard.


viii, 114 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-114).


Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Hawley