Javier Jacobsen1,2, Sergio Uribe, 2,3, Cristian Tejos1,2, Carlos Sing-Long1,2, Pablo Irarrazaval1,2
1Department of Electrical Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile; 2Biomedical Imaging Center, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile; 3Department of Radiology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
The visualization of structures in MRI highly depends on many user defined scan parameters. The selection of them is always done heuristically and requires a vast experience from the operator. We propose a methodology based on an automatic optimization to find the MRI acquisition parameters that maximize the visibility of a desired structure. The objective function of our optimization is computed from Visibility Maps (VM) that are designed to measure the visibility of structures according a perceptual criteria. The method was tested on brain MRI experiments and the optimal parameters found by our method are in excellent agreement with those found by experienced radiologists.