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Abstract #1032

Estimation of Pharmacokinetic Parameters from DCE-MRI by Extracting Long and Short Time-dependent Features Using a LSTM network

Jiaren Zou1, James Balter1,2, and Yue Cao1,2,3
1Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, 3Department of Radiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Conventional nonlinear least squares (LS) methods to fit DCE-MRI to a pharmacokinetic (PK) model are time-consuming. We propose a long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) network that is capable of efficiently learning temporal dependency in sequence data to map PK parameters from single-voxel DCE signals with their corresponding AIFs. The LSTM model showed 90 folds of computation time reduction with comparable performance to LS fitting, while outperforming it for temporally sparsely sampled DCE-MRI. The proposed model can potentially accelerate the data acquisition and PK parameter inference of DCE-MRI.

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