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Abstract #0271

Can Un-trained Networks Compete with Trained Ones for Accelerated MRI?

Mohammad Zalbagi Darestani1 and Reinhard Heckel1,2
1Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, United States, 2Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) are highly effective tools for image reconstruction problems. Typically, CNNs are trained on large amounts of images, but, perhaps surprisingly, even without any training data, CNNs such as the Deep Image Prior and Deep Decoder achieve excellent imaging performance. Here, we build on those works by proposing an un-trained CNN for accelerated MRI along with performance-enhancing steps including enforcing data-consistency and combining multiple reconstructions. We show that the resulting method i) achieves reconstruction performance almost on par with baseline as well as state-of-the-art trained CNNs, but without any training, and ii) significantly outperforms competing sparsity-based approaches.

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