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A non-iterative multi-scale approach for intensity inhomogeneity correction in MRI
Published in Elsevier BV
PMID: 28549883
Volume: 42
Pages: 43 - 59

Intensity inhomogeneity is the prime obstacle for MR image processing like automatic segmentation, registration etc. This complication has strong dependence on the associated acquisition hardware and patient anatomy which recommends retrospective correction. In this paper, a new method is developed for correcting the intensity inhomogeneity using a non-iterative multi-scale approach that doesn't necessitate segmentation and any prior knowledge on the scanner or subject. The proposed algorithm extracts bias field at different scales using a Log-Gabor filter bank followed by smoothing operation. Later, they are combined to fit a third degree polynomial to estimate the bias field. Finally, the corrected image is estimated by performing pixel-wise division of original image and bias field. The performance of the same was tested on BrainWeb simulated data, HCP dataset and is found to provide better performance than the state-of-the-art method, N4. A good agreement between the extracted and ground truth bias field is observed through correlation coefficient on different MR modality images that include T1w, T2w and PD. Significant reduction in coefficient variation and coefficient of joint variation ratios in real data indicate an improved inter-class separation and reduced intra-class intensity variations across white and grey matter tissue regions.

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JournalData powered by TypesetMagnetic Resonance Imaging
PublisherData powered by TypesetElsevier BV
Open AccessNo