Self super-resolution for magnetic resonance images

Amod Jog, Aaron Carass, Jerry L. Prince

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24 Scopus citations


It is faster and therefore cheaper to acquire magnetic resonance images (MRI) with higher in-plane resolution than through-plane resolution. The low resolution of such acquisitions can be increased using post-processing techniques referred to as super-resolution (SR) algorithms. SR is known to be an ill-posed problem. Most state-of-the-art SR algorithms rely on the presence of external/training data to learn a transform that converts low resolution input to a higher resolution output. In this paper an SR approach is presented that is not dependent on any external training data and is only reliant on the acquired image. Patches extracted from the acquired image are used to estimate a set of new images,where each image has increased resolution along a particular direction. The final SR image is estimated by combining images in this set via the technique of Fourier Burst Accumulation. Our approach was validated on simulated low resolution MRI images,and showed significant improvement in image quality and segmentation accuracy when compared to competing SR methods. SR of FLuid Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR) images with lesions is also demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - MICCAI 2016 - 19th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsLeo Joskowicz, Mert R. Sabuncu, William Wells, Gozde Unal, Sebastian Ourselin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319467252
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9902 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


  • MRI
  • Self-generated training data
  • Super-resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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