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Abstract #5657

Improved Multi-echo Water-fat Separation Using Deep Learning

Enhao Gong1, Greg Zaharchuk2, and John Pauly1

1Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, 2Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States

Multi-echo water/fat separation may fail on cases due to noise, inaccurate estimation of water/fat signal and inhomogeneous $$$B_0$$$ field. Here we developed novel data-driven method to improve water/fat separation using Deep Learning. A Residual-Convolutional-Neural-Network model was trained on image patches of multi-contrast information (from initial estimation of water/fat signal, R2* map and field map), to generate better estimation of Fat-Fraction (FF) image patches and entire FF image. The proposed approach was validated and demonstrated improvement from existing methods on ISMRM datasets with variable anatomies. This method can handle flexible echo times in acquisition and is efficient and effective.

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