MRI slice stacking using manifold alignment and wave kernel signatures

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MRI slice stacking involves retrospective combination of 2D MRI images to form pseudo 3D volumes. It is useful because physical constraints limit the temporal/spatial resolutions with which dynamic 3D MRI volumes can be acquired and so stacking fast highresolution 2D images can yield pseudo 3D volumes with high inplane spatial and temporal resolution. However, it is important that the stacked 2D images were acquired at consistent motion states. Assessing motion state consistency between slices representing different anatomy is challenging as the image contents are not easily comparable. Manifold alignment (MA) is a technique which provides a solution to this problem by embedding the 2D images for all slices into one globally consistent low-dimensional space. One successful approach to MA involves forming graphs from each slice dataset and using graph descriptors to find correspondences between datasets. Here we propose a new graph descriptor for the slice stacking problem, inspired by work in the computer vision literature, and evaluate it with two experiments. First, using a highly realistic synthetic MRI dataset in which reconstructed volumes can be compared to a ground truth, we find our method significantly outperforms the state of the art. Second, we use in vivo MRI data and show that the volumes reconstructed by our method have a higher degree of self-consistency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 15th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2018)
Number of pages5
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2018
Event15th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: 4 Apr 20187 Apr 2018


Conference15th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Graphs
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Manifold alignment
  • Respiratory motion


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