Efficient parallel reconstruction for high resolution multishot spiral diffusion data with low rank constraint

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To propose a novel reconstruction method using parallel imaging with low rank constraint to accelerate high resolution multishot spiral diffusion imaging.

Theory and Methods

The undersampled high resolution diffusion data were reconstructed based on a low rank (LR) constraint using similarities between the data of different interleaves from a multishot spiral acquisition. The self-navigated phase compensation using the low resolution phase data in the center of k-space was applied to correct shot-to-shot phase variations induced by motion artifacts. The low rank reconstruction was combined with sensitivity encoding (SENSE) for further acceleration. The efficiency of the proposed joint reconstruction framework, dubbed LR-SENSE, was evaluated through error quantifications and compared with Symbol regularized compressed sensing method and conventional iterative SENSE method using the same datasets.


It was shown that with a same acceleration factor, the proposed LR-SENSE method had the smallest normalized sum-of-squares errors among all the compared methods in all diffusion weighted images and DTI-derived index maps, when evaluated with different acceleration factors (R = 2, 3, 4) and for all the acquired diffusion directions.


Robust high resolution diffusion weighted image can be efficiently reconstructed from highly undersampled multishot spiral data with the proposed LR-SENSE method. Magn Reson Med 77:1359–1366, 2017. © 2016 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

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