Inhomogeneity Correction in High Field Magnetic Resonance Images: Human Brain Imaging at 7 Tesla
Tutor / director / evaluatorThiran, Jean-Philippe
Document typeMaster thesis (pre-Bologna period)
Rights accessOpen Access
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, is one of the most powerful and harmless ways to study human inner tissues. It gives the chance of having an accurate insight into the physiological condition of the human body, and specially, the brain. Following this aim, in the last decade MRI has moved to ever higher magnetic field strength that allow us to get advantage of a better signal-to-noise ratio. This improvement of the SNR, which increases almost linearly with the field strength, has several advantages: higher spatial resolution and/or faster imaging, greater spectral dispersion, as well as an enhanced sensitivity to magnetic susceptibility. However, at high magnetic resonance imaging, the interactions between the RF pulse and the high permittivity samples, which causes the so called Intensity Inhomogeneity or B1 inhomogeneity, can no longer be negligible. This inhomogeneity causes undesired efects that afects quantitatively image analysis and avoid the application classical intensity-based segmentation and other medical functions. In this Master thesis, a new method for Intensity Inhomogeneity correction at high ¯eld is presented. At high ¯eld is not possible to achieve the estimation and the correction directly from the corrupted data. Thus, this method attempt the correction by acquiring extra information during the image process, the RF map. The method estimates the inhomogeneity by the comparison of both acquisitions. The results are compared to other methods, the PABIC and the Low-Pass Filter which try to correct the inhomogeneity directly from the corrupted data.
Projecte realitzat en col.laboració amb el centre Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)