(k, q)-Compressed Sensing for dMRI with Joint Spatial-Angular Sparsity Prior

  • Evan Schwab
  • René Vidal
  • Nicolas Charon
Conference paper
Part of the Mathematics and Visualization book series (MATHVISUAL)


Advanced diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) techniques, like diffusion spectrum imaging (DSI) and high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI), remain underutilized compared to diffusion tensor imaging because the scan times needed to produce accurate estimations of fiber orientation are significantly longer. To accelerate DSI and HARDI, recent methods from compressed sensing (CS) exploit a sparse underlying representation of the data in the spatial and angular domains to undersample in the respective k- and q-spaces. State-of-the-art frameworks, however, impose sparsity in the spatial and angular domains separately and involve the sum of the corresponding sparse regularizers. In contrast, we propose a unified (k, q)-CS formulation which imposes sparsity jointly in the spatial-angular domain to further increase sparsity of dMRI signals and reduce the required subsampling rate. To efficiently solve this large-scale global reconstruction problem, we introduce a novel adaptation of the FISTA algorithm that exploits dictionary separability. We show on phantom and real HARDI data that our approach achieves significantly more accurate signal reconstructions than the state of the art while sampling only 2–4% of the (k, q)-space, allowing for the potential of new levels of dMRI acceleration.



This work was supported by JHU start-up funds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Imaging ScienceJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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