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Efficient data acquisition, transmission and post-processing for quality spiral Magnetic Resonance Imaging Open Access


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dynamic range
data compression
high-density coil arrays
spiral MRI
wireless coils
spectral compression
artifact correction
image deblurring
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University of Alberta
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Jutras, Jean-David
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De Zanche, Nicola (Oncology)
Wachowicz, Keith (Oncology)
Fallone, B. Gino (Oncology)
Thompson, Richard (Biomedical Engineering)
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Wilman, Alan (Biomedical Engineering)
Fallone, B. Gino (Oncology)
Thompson, Richard (Biomedical Engineering)
De Zanche, Nicola (Oncology)
Wachowicz, Keith (Oncology)
Department of Oncology

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Master of Science
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Spiral Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has traditionally presented more technical and computational challenges compared to its traditional Cartesian counterpart, notably a susceptibility to blurring artifacts, especially when scan parameters are non-optimal, and a heavier computational load both at the image reconstruction, and post-processing level. This research is aimed at improving the efficiency of data acquisition, transmission and post-processing for spiral MRI, which continues to become a more common sequence choice in applications where speed, signal-to-noise ratio and geometrical accuracy are key requirements. In the first part of this thesis, we cover the fundamentals of spiral trajectory design and acquisition, image reconstruction by means of fast Gaussian gridding, and a rapid method for deblurring a large in vivo dataset. In the second part, we introduce a novel technique for compressing spiral MR data acquired from a multi-channel coil array, with applications in wireless transmission and data storage. The compressed images are indistinguishable from the originals even though the data has been compressed by a factor of 3 or more.
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