Adaptive distance learning scheme for diffusion tensor imaging using kernel target alignment

P.R. Rodrigues, A. Vilanova, T. Twellmann, B.M. Haar Romenij, ter

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In segmentation techniques for Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) data, the similarity of diffusion tensors must be assessed for partitioning data into regions which are homogeneous in terms of tensor characteristics. Various distance measures have been proposed in literature for analysing the similarity of diffusion tensors (DTs), but selecting a measure suitable for the task at hand is difficult and often done by trialand- error. We propose a novel approach to semiautomatically define the similarity measure or combination of measures that better suit the data. We use a linear combination of known distance measures, jointly capturing multiple aspects of tensor characteristics, for comparing DTs with the purpose of image segmentation. The parameters of our adaptive distance measure are tuned for each individual segmentation task on the basis of user-selected ROIs using the concept of Kernel Target Alignment. Experimental results support the validity of the proposed method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMICCAI 2008 Workshop on Computational Diffusion MRI (CDMRI), September 10th, 2008, New York USA
EditorsD. Alexander, J. Gee, R. Whitaker
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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