Estimating Tissue Microstructure with Undersampled Diffusion Data via Graph Convolutional Neural Networks

the UNC/UMN Baby Connectome Project Consortium

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Abstract

Advanced diffusion models for tissue microstructure are widely employed to study brain disorders. However, these models usually require diffusion MRI (DMRI) data with densely sampled q-space, which is prohibitive in clinical settings. This problem can be resolved by using deep learning techniques, which learn the mapping between sparsely sampled q-space data and the high-quality diffusion microstructural indices estimated from densely sampled data. However, most existing methods simply view the input DMRI data as a vector without considering data structure in the q-space. In this paper, we propose to overcome this limitation by representing DMRI data using graphs and utilizing graph convolutional neural networks to estimate tissue microstructure. Our method makes full use of the q-space angular neighboring information to improve estimation accuracy. Experimental results based on data from the Baby Connectome Project demonstrate that our method outperforms state-of-the-art methods both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2020 - 23rd International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsAnne L. Martel, Purang Abolmaesumi, Danail Stoyanov, Diana Mateus, Maria A. Zuluaga, S. Kevin Zhou, Daniel Racoceanu, Leo Joskowicz
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages280-290
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030597276
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event23rd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2020 - Lima, Peru
Duration: 2020 Oct 42020 Oct 8

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12267 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2020
CountryPeru
CityLima
Period20/10/420/10/8

Keywords

  • Diffusion MRI
  • Graph CNN
  • Microstructure imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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