Evaluation of MRI to Ultrasound Registration Methods for Brain Shift Correction: The CuRIOUS2018 Challenge

Yiming Xiao, Andreas Maier, Wolfgang Wein, Roozbeh Shams, Samuel Kadoury, David Drobny, Marc Modat, Ingerid Reinertsen, Hassan Rivaz, Matthieu Chabanas, Maryse Fortin, Ines MacHado, Yangming Ou, Mattias P. Heinrich, Julia A. Schnabel, Xia Zhong

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In brain tumor surgery, the quality and safety of the procedure can be impacted by intra-operative tissue deformation, called brain shift. Brain shift can move the surgical targets and other vital structures such as blood vessels, thus invalidating the pre-surgical plan. Intra-operative ultrasound (iUS) is a convenient and cost-effective imaging tool to track brain shift and tumor resection. Accurate image registration techniques that update pre-surgical MRI based on iUS are crucial but challenging. The MICCAI Challenge 2018 for Correction of Brain shift with Intra-Operative UltraSound (CuRIOUS2018) provided a public platform to benchmark MRI-iUS registration algorithms on newly released clinical datasets. In this work, we present the data, setup, evaluation, and results of CuRIOUS 2018, which received 6 fully automated algorithms from leading academic and industrial research groups. All algorithms were first trained with the public RESECT database, and then ranked based on a test dataset of 10 additional cases with identical data curation and annotation protocols as the RESECT database. The article compares the results of all participating teams and discusses the insights gained from the challenge, as well as future work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8795512
Pages (from-to)777-786
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • MRI
  • Registration
  • brain
  • brain shift
  • tumor
  • ultrasound


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