Accelerated diffusion operators for enhancing DW-MRI

P. Rodrigues, R. Duits, B.M. ter Haar Romeny, Anna Vilanova
2nd Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM 2010) 1-2 july 2010 Leipzig, Germany, page 49--56 - 2010
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High angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) is a MRI imaging technique that is able to better capture the intra-voxel diffusion pattern compared to its simpler predecessor diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). However, HARDI in general produces very noisy diffusion patterns due to the low SNR from the scanners at high b-values. Furthermore, it still exhibits limitations in areas where the diffusion pattern is asymmetrical (bifurcations, splaying fibers, etc.). To overcome these limitations, enhancement and denoising of the data based on context information is a crucial step. In order to achieve it, convolutions are performed in the coupled spatial and angular domain. Therefore the kernels applied become also HARDI data. However, these approaches have high computational complexity of an already complex HARDI data processing. In this work, we present a framework for HARDI data enhancement and completion. The convolution operators are optimized by: pre-calculating the kernels, analysing kernels shape and utilizing look-up-tables concept. We provide an increase of speed, compared to previous brute force approaches of simpler kernels. These methods can be used as a preprocessing for tractography and lead to new ways for investigation of brain white matter.

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@InProceedings { RDHV10a,
  author       = "Rodrigues, P. and Duits, R. and Haar Romeny, B.M. ter and Vilanova, Anna",
  title        = "Accelerated diffusion operators for enhancing DW-MRI",
  booktitle    = "2nd Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM 2010) 1-2 july 2010 Leipzig,
  pages        = "49--56",
  year         = "2010",
  editor       = "Bartz,D. and Botha,C. and Hornegger,J. and Machiraju,R.",
  publisher    = "The Eurographics Association",
  address      = "Germany, Leipzig",
  url          = ""

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