Learning MRI artefact removal with unpaired data

Siyuan Liu, Kim Han Thung, Liangqiong Qu, Weili Lin, Dinggang Shen, Pew Thian Yap

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Retrospective artefact correction (RAC) improves image quality post acquisition and enhances image usability. Recent machine-learning-driven techniques for RAC are predominantly based on supervised learning, so practical utility can be limited as data with paired artefact-free and artefact-corrupted images are typically insufficient or even non-existent. Here we show that unwanted image artefacts can be disentangled and removed from an image via an RAC neural network learned with unpaired data. This implies that our method does not require matching artefact-corrupted data to be either collected via acquisition or generated via simulation. Experimental results demonstrate that our method is remarkably effective in removing artefacts and retaining anatomical details in images with different contrasts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
JournalNature Machine Intelligence
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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