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Correcting Susceptibility Artifacts of MRI Sensors in Brain Scanning: A 3D Anatomy-Guided Deep Learning Approach

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submitted on 2024-04-30, 05:25 and posted on 2024-04-30, 05:25 authored by Soan T. M. Duong, Son Lam Phung, Abdesselam Bouzerdoum, Sui Paul Ang, Mark M. Schira

Echo planar imaging (EPI), a fast magnetic resonance imaging technique, is a powerful tool in functional neuroimaging studies. However, susceptibility artifacts, which cause misinterpretations of brain functions, are unavoidable distortions in EPI. This paper proposes an end-to-end deep learning framework, named TS-Net, for susceptibility artifact correction (SAC) in a pair of 3D EPI images with reversed phase-encoding directions. The proposed TS-Net comprises a deep convolutional network to predict a displacement field in three dimensions to overcome the limitation of existing methods, which only estimate the displacement field along the dominant-distortion direction. In the training phase, anatomical T1-weighted images are leveraged to regularize the correction, but they are not required during the inference phase to make TS-Net more flexible for general use. The experimental results show that TS-Net achieves favorable accuracy and speed trade-off when compared with the state-of-the-art SAC methods, i.e., TOPUP, TISAC, and S-Net. The fast inference speed (less than a second) of TS-Net makes real-time SAC during EPI image acquisition feasible and accelerates the medical image-processing pipelines.

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Published in: Sensors
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  • 2021

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  • College of Science and Engineering - HBKU

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