On learning adaptive acquisition policies for undersampled multi-coil MRI reconstruction

Multi-coil MRI acquisition

Abstract

Most current approaches to undersampled multi-coil MRI reconstruction focus on learning the reconstruction model for a fixed, equidistant acquisition trajectory. In this paper, we study the problem of joint learning of the reconstruction model together with acquisition policies. To this end, we extend the End-to-End Variational Network with learnable acquisition policies that can adapt to different data points. We validate our model on a coil-compressed version of the large scale undersampled multi-coil \fastMRI dataset using two undersampling factors, 4x and 8x. Our experiments show on-par performance with the learnable non-adaptive and handcrafted equidistant strategies at 4x, and an observed improvement of more than 2% in SSIM at 8x acceleration, suggesting that potentially-adaptive k-space acquisition trajectories can improve reconstructed image quality for larger acceleration factors. However, and perhaps surprisingly, our best performing policies learn to be explicitly non-adaptive.

Publication
In Medical Imaging with Deep Learning (MIDL, 2022)
Tim Bakker
Tim Bakker
PhD researcher in Machine Learning

My research interests include active learning/sensing, reinforcement learning, AI4Science and everything Bayesian.

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