Towards a 4D Spatio-Temporal Atlas of the Embryonic and Fetal Brain Using a Deep Learning Approach for Groupwise Image Registration

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Abstract

Brain development during the first trimester is of crucial importance for current and future health of the fetus, and therefore the availability of a spatio-temporal atlas would lead to more in-depth insight into the growth and development during this period. Here, we propose a deep learning approach for creation of a 4D spatio-temporal atlas of the embryonic and fetal brain using groupwise image registration. We build on top of the extension of Voxelmorph for the creation of learned conditional atlases, which consists of an atlas generation and registration network. As a preliminary experiment we trained only the registration network and iteratively updated the atlas. Three-dimensional ultrasound data acquired between the 8th and 12th week of pregnancy were used. We found that in the atlas several relevant brain structures were visible. In future work the atlas generation network will be incorporated and we will further explore, using the atlas, correlations between maternal periconceptional health and brain growth and development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13386
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event10th International Workshop on Biomedical Image Registration, WBIR 2020 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 10 Jul 202212 Jul 2022

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