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Abstract #4327

MRI-guided PET image denoising using a non-local means filter

Marie Anne Richard1, Réjean Lebel1, Jérémie P. Fouquet1, and Martin Lepage1

1Centre d'imagerie moléculaire de Sherbrooke, Université de Shebrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Positron emission tomography (PET) images suffer from statistical noise, especially in short time frames. For applications requiring high temporal resolution, such as dynamic studies, efficient edge-preserving denoising algorithms such as the non-local means filter (NLMF) are needed. Because this filter relies on structural data, coregistered MR images were used to guide the NLMF. This novel method was compared to conventional PET-guided NLMF and proved superior in terms of increased contrast-to-background ratio and signal-to-noise ratio in a phantom model. It also increased small structure resolution in a rat model.

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