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Abstract #3425

Estimation of B1 Map from a Single MR Image Using a Self-Attention Deep Neural Network

Yan Wu1, Yajun Ma2, Jiang Du2, and Lei Xing1
1Radiation Oncology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, 2Radiology, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States

Inhomogeneity of the radiofrequency field (B1) is one of the main problems in quantitative MRI. Leveraging from the unique ability of deep learning, we propose a data driven strategy to derive quantitative B1 map from a single qualitative MR image without specific requirements on the weighting of the input image. B1 estimation is accomplished using a self-attention deep convolutional neural network, which makes efficient use of local and non-local information. Without additional data acquisition, an accurate estimation of B1 map is achieved, which is useful for the compensation of field inhomogeneity in T1 mapping as well as for other applications.

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