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Abstract #1334

Jointly Denoise Diffusion-weighted Images Using a Weighted Nuclear Norm Minimization Approach   

Yujiao Zhao1,2, Linfang Xiao1,2, Zhe Zhang3, Yilong Liu1,2, Hua Guo4, and Ed X. Wu1,2
1Laboratory of Biomedical Imaging and Signal Processing, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 3China National Clinical Research Center for Neurological Diseases, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China, 4Center for Biomedical Imaging Research, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Diffusion MRI intrinsically suffers from low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), especially when spatial resolution or b-value is high. A typical diffusion MRI scanning session produces image sets with same geometries but different diffusion directions and b-values, thus these diffusion-weighted (DW) images often share strong structural similarities. In this study, we developed a joint denoising method for DW images based on low-rank matrix approximation. This denoising method exploits structural similarities of DW image set. Both simulation and in vivo brain experiments demonstrate significant noise reduction in all DW images, revealing more microstructural details in quantitative diffusion maps.

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