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Abstract #3071

Correction of Motion Artifacts Using a Genetic Algorithm

Stephan Witoszynskyj1, Alexander Rauscher2

1Department of Radiology , Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; 2UBC MRI Research Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

We present a genetic algorithm for correction of motion artifacts in MRI. Two types of genetic algorithms were investigated: the first used only "non-sexual" multiplication and the second allowed "cross-over" between solutions. The algorithm corrects for translations by estimating correction factors for each k-space line. Four different image metrics were studied: entropy, normalized-gradient-squared (NGS), signal in the background and local coherence in the background. The best results were obtained by using the simple algorithm and NGS and entropy as metric. Since genetic algorithms are inherently parallelizable our approach could benefit greatly from being implemented on computer clusters and GPUs.