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Abstract #0959

A Deep Forward-Distortion Model for Unsupervised Correction of Susceptibility Artifacts in EPI

Abdallah Zaid Alkilani1,2, Tolga Çukur1,2,3, and Emine Ulku Saritas1,2,3
1Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM), Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 3Neuroscience Graduate Program, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


Echo planar imaging (EPI) requires the correction of susceptibility artifacts for further quantitative analyses. Images acquired in reversed phase-encode (PE) directions are typically used to estimate the susceptibility-induced field from EPI data. In this work, an unsupervised deep Forward-Distortion Network (FD-Net) is proposed for the correction of susceptibility artifacts in EPI: The field and underlying anatomically-correct image are predicted, subject to the constraint that forward-distortion of this image with the field explains the input warped images. This approach provides rapid correction of susceptibility artifacts, with superior performance over deep learning methods that unwarp input images based on a predicted field.

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