MRI Denoising Using Deep Learning
MRI denoising is a classical preprocessing step which aims at reducing the noise naturally present in MR images. In this paper, we present a new method for MRI denoising that combines recent advances in deep learning with classical approaches for noise reduction. Specifically, the proposed method follows a two-stage strategy. The first stage is based on an overcomplete patch-based convolutional neural network that blindly removes the noise without estimation of local noise level present in the images. The second stage uses this filtered image as a guide image within a rotationally invariant non-local means filter. The proposed approach has been compared with related state-of-the-art methods and showed competitive results in all the studied cases.
This research was supported by the Spanish DPI2017-87743-R grant from the Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad of Spain. This study has been also carried out with financial support from the French State, managed by the French National Research Agency (ANR) in the frame of the Investments for the future Program IdEx Bordeaux (ANR-10-IDEX-03-02, HL-MRI Project) and Cluster of excellence CPU and TRAIL (HR-DTI ANR-10-LABX-57). The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of NVIDIA Corporation with their donation of the TITAN X GPU used in this research.
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