Motion artifact correction in free-breathing abdominal MRI using overlapping partial samples to recover image deformations.
White MJ., Hawkes DJ., Melbourne A., Collins DJ., Coolens C., Hawkins M., Leach MO., Atkinson D.
This article presents a method to reconstruct liver MRI data acquired continuously during free breathing, without any external sensor or navigator measurements. When the deformations associated with k-space data are known, generalized matrix inversion reconstruction has been shown to be effective in reducing the ghosting and blurring artifacts of motion. This article describes a novel method to obtain these nonrigid deformations. A breathing model is built from a fast dynamic series: low spatial resolution images are registered and their deformations parameterized by overall superior-inferior displacement. The correct deformation for each subset of the subsequent imaging data is then found by comparing a few lines of k-space with the equivalent lines from a deformed reference image while varying the deformation over the model parameter. This procedure is known as image deformation recovery using overlapping partial samples (iDROPS). Simulations using 10 rapid dynamic studies from volunteers showed the average error in iDROPS-derived deformations within the liver to be 1.43 mm. A further four volunteers were imaged at higher spatial resolution. The complete reconstruction process using data from throughout several breathing cycles was shown to reduce blurring and ghosting in the liver. Retrospective respiratory gating was also demonstrated using the iDROPS parameterization.