Date of Award
Master of Science
fMRI imaging is considered key on the understanding of the brain and the mind, for this reason has been the subject of tremendous research connecting different disciplines. The intrinsic complexity of this 4-D type of data processing and analysis has been approached with every single computational perspective, lately increasing the trend to include artificial intelligence. One step critical on the fMRI pipeline is image registration. A model of Deep Networks based on Fully Convolutional Neural Networks, spatial transformation neural networks with a self-learning strategy was proposed for the implementation of a Fully deformable model image registration algorithm. Publicly available fMRI datasets with images from real-life subjects were used for training, testing and validating the model. The model performance was measured in comparison with ANTs deformable registration method with good results suggesting that Deep Learning can be used successfully for the development of the field using the basic strategy of studying the brain using the brain-self strategies.
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