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Fast Correction of Eddy-Current and Susceptibility-Induced Distortions Using Rotation-Invariant Contrasts

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Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2020 (MICCAI 2020)


Diffusion MRI (dMRI) is typically time consuming as it involves acquiring a series of 3D volumes, each associated with a wave-vector in q-space that determines the diffusion direction and strength. The acquisition time is further increased when “blip-up blip-down” scans are acquired with opposite phase encoding directions (PEDs) to facilitate distortion correction. In this work, we show that geometric distortions can be corrected without acquiring with opposite PEDs for each wave-vector, and hence the acquisition time can be halved. Our method uses complimentary rotation-invariant contrasts across shells of different diffusion weightings. Distortion-free structural T1-/T2-weighted MRI is used as reference for nonlinear registration in correcting the distortions. Signal dropout and pileup are corrected with the help of spherical harmonics. To demonstrate that our method is robust to changes in image appearance, we show that distortion correction with good structural alignment can be achieved within minutes for dMRI data of infants between 1 to 24 months of age.

This work was supported in part by NIH grants (NS093842, AG053867, EB006733, MH104324, and MH110274) and the efforts of the UNC/UMN Baby Connectome Project Consortium.

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Ahmad, S. et al. (2020). Fast Correction of Eddy-Current and Susceptibility-Induced Distortions Using Rotation-Invariant Contrasts. In: Martel, A.L., et al. Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2020. MICCAI 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12262. Springer, Cham.

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