Rapid Diffusion Weighted Imaging with Enhanced Resolution

  • Krzysztof MalczewskiEmail author
Original Paper


In this paper, a new, fast compressively sensed diffusion magnetic resonance image enhancement technique is presented. This algorithm aims to overcome two major obstacles—image resolution limitation and algorithm reconstruction time efficiency-by combining a highly sparse k–q-space sampling pattern with super-resolution (SR) image enhancement. Similar to the RoSA (rotating single-shot acquisition) acceleration scheme, the presented algorithm takes advantage of simultaneous k–q-space sampling procedures being able to implement directly with no hardware modifications. The method sequentially processes compressively sensed k-space’s semi-PROPELLER blades with respect to appropriately synchronized diffusion directions. The dMR image structure is expressed as a kind of minimum-spanning tree. It fades out distortions of the image’s features. Moreover, as contrasted with numerous other super-resolution algorithms, the presented method overcomes the simplifying motion model as well as blur kernel and noise estimation issues. The simulation and experimental studies have been conducted using a dMRI scanner as well as a phantom input. Combining super-resolution with time-efficient data sets resulted in a reduction of motion artifacts, improving edge delineation as well as spatial resolution.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Electronics and TelecommunicationsPoznan University of TechnologyPoznańPoland

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