Ultra-fast T2-weighted MR reconstruction using complementary T1-weighted information

Lei Xiang, Yong Chen, Weitang Chang, Yiqiang Zhan, Weili Lin, Qian Wang, Dinggang Shen

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T1-weighted image (T1WI) and T2-weighted image (T2WI) are the two routinely acquired Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) protocols that provide complementary information for diagnosis. However, the total acquisition time of ~10 min yields the image quality vulnerable to artifacts such as motion. To speed up MRI process, various algorithms have been proposed to reconstruct high quality images from under-sampled k-space data. These algorithms only employ the information of an individual protocol (e.g., T2WI). In this paper, we propose to combine complementary MRI protocols (i.e., T1WI and under-sampled T2WI particularly) to reconstruct the high-quality image (i.e., fully-sampled T2WI). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work to utilize data from different MRI protocols to speed up the reconstruction of a target sequence. Specifically, we present a novel deep learning approach, namely Dense-Unet, to accomplish the reconstruction task. The Dense-Unet requires fewer parameters and less computation, but achieves better performance. Our results have shown that Dense-Unet can reconstruct a 3D T2WI volume in less than 10 s, i.e., with the acceleration rate as high as 8 or more but with negligible aliasing artefacts and signal-noise-ratio (SNR) loss.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2018 - 21st International Conference, 2018, Proceedings
EditorsJulia A. Schnabel, Christos Davatzikos, Carlos Alberola-López, Gabor Fichtinger, Alejandro F. Frangi
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030009274
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event21st International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2018 - Granada, Spain
Duration: 2018 Sept 162018 Sept 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11070 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other21st International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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