Projection-based estimation and nonuniformity correction of sensitivity profiles in phased-array surface coils

Purpose: To develop a novel approach for calculating the accurate sensitivity profiles of phased-array coils, resulting in correction of nonuniform intensity in parallel MRI. Materials and Methods: The proposed intensity-correction method estimates the accurate sensitivity profile of each channel of the phased-array coil. The sensitivity profile is estimated by fitting a nonlinear curve to every projection view through the imaged object. The nonlinear curve-fitting efficiently obtains the low-frequency sensitivity profile by eliminating the high-frequency image contents. Filtered back-projection (FBP) is then used to compute the estimates of the sensitivity profile of each channel. The method was applied to both phantom and brain images acquired from the phased-array coil. Results: Intensity-corrected images from the proposed method had more uniform intensity than those obtained by the commonly used sum-of-squares (SOS) approach. With the use of the proposed correction method, the intensity variation was reduced to 6.1% from 13.1% of the SOS. When the proposed approach was applied to the computation of the sensitivity maps during sensitivity encoding (SENSE) reconstruction, it outperformed the SOS approach in terms of the reconstructed image uniformity. Conclusion: The proposed method is more effective at correcting the intensity nonuniformity of phased-array surface-coil images than the conventional SOS method. In addition, the method was shown to be resilient to noise and was successfully applied for image reconstruction in parallel imaging.
Publisher
JOHN WILEY & SONS INC
Issue Date
2007-03
Language
ENG
Keywords

INTENSITY NONUNIFORMITY; MRI; INHOMOGENEITY; IMAGES

Citation

JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING, v.25, pp.588 - 597

ISSN
1053-1807
DOI
10.1002/jmri.20826
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/9885
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EE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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