IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging "DRONE" paper [IF=10.048]

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Congratulation to Dr Weiwen Wu, our post-doctoral fellow, under the supervision of Dr Vardhanabhuti.


Deep learning has attracted rapidly increasing attention in the field of tomographic image reconstruction, especially for CT, MRI, PET/SPECT, ultrasound and optical imaging. Among various topics, sparse-view CT remains a challenge which targets a decent image reconstruction from ultra-sparse projections. To address this challenge, in this article we propose a Dual-domain Residual-based Optimization NEtwork (DRONE). DRONE consists of three modules respectively for embedding, refinement, and awareness. In the embedding module, a sparse sinogram is first extended. Then, sparse-view artifacts are effectively suppressed by the image domain networks. After that, the refinement module focuses on the recovery of image details in the residual data and image domains synergistically. Finally, the results from embedding and refinement components in the data and image domains are regularized for optimized image quality in the awareness module, which ensures the consistency between measurements and images with the kernel awareness of compressed sensing. The DRONE network is trained, validated, and tested on preclinical and clinical datasets, demonstrating its merits in edge preservation, feature recovery, and reconstruction accuracy.

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