Self super-resolution for magnetic resonance images using deep networks

Can Zhao, Aaron Carass, Blake E. Dewey, Jerry L. Prince

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High resolution magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (MRI) is desirable in many clinical applications; however, there is a trade-off between resolution, speed of acquisition, and noise. It is common for MR images to have worse through-plane resolution (slice thickness) than in-plane resolution. In these MRI images, high frequency information in the through-plane direction is not acquired, and cannot be resolved through interpolation. To address this issue, super-resolution methods have been developed to enhance spatial resolution. As an ill-posed problem, state-of-the-art super-resolution methods rely on the presence of external/training atlases to learn the transform from low resolution (LR) images to high resolution (HR) images. For several reasons, such HR atlas images are often not available for MRI sequences. This paper presents a self super-resolution (SSR) algorithm, which does not use any external atlas images, yet can still resolve HR images only reliant on the acquired LR image. We use a blurred version of the input image to create training data for a state-of-the-art super-resolution deep network. The trained network is applied to the original input image to estimate the HR image. Our SSR result shows a significant improvement on through-plane resolution compared to competing SSR methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 15th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2018
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538636367
StatePublished - May 23 2018
Event15th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: Apr 4 2018Apr 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
ISSN (Print)1945-7928
ISSN (Electronic)1945-8452


Other15th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • CNN
  • Deep network
  • MRI
  • Self super-resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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