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Abstract #1299

From 2D thick slices to 3D isotropic volumetric brain MRI - a deep learning approach

Berkin Bilgic1,2, Long Wang1, Enhao Gong1, Greg Zaharchuk1,3, and Tao Zhang1
1Subtle Medical Inc, Menlo Park, CA, United States, 2Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH/Harvard, Charlestown, MA, United States, 3Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States

The long scan time of 3D isotropic MRI (often 5 minutes or longer) has limited the wide clinical adoption despite the apparent advantages. For many clinical sites, shorter 2D sequences are used routinely in brain MRI exams instead. The latest development of deep learning (DL) has demonstrated the feasibility of significant resolution improvement from low resolution acquisitions. In this work, we propose a deep learning method to synthesize 3D isotropic FLAIR images from 2D FLAIR acquisition with 5mm slice thickness. To demonstrate the generalizability, the proposed method is validated on both simulated and real 2D FLAIR datasets.

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