Andres Guesalaga

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Three-dimensional (3D) k-space trajectories are needed to acquire volumetric images in MRI. While scan time is determined by the trajectory efficiency, image quality and distortions depend on the shape of the trajectories. There are several 3D trajectory strategies for sampling the k-space using rectilinear or curve schemes. Since there is no evidence about(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides bidimensional images with high definition and selectivity. Selective excitations are achieved applying a gradient and a radio frequency (RF) pulse simultaneously. They are modeled by the Bloch differential equation, which has no closed-form solution. Most methods for designing RF pulses are derived from(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to study the growth and ripening of grape berries for three varieties. The results show that this technique allows the visualization of internal characteristics of berries using noninvasive procedures in order to obtain the volume and degrees Brix distribution within a cluster. Samples of Cabernet Sauvignon,(More)
In 3D MRI, sampling k-space with traditional trajectories can be excessively time-consuming. Fast imaging trajectories are used in an attempt to efficiently cover the k-space and reduce the scan time without significantly affecting the image quality. In many applications, further reductions in scan time can be achieved via undersampling of the k-space;(More)
Magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) is a noninvasive technique for producing spatially localized spectra. MRSI presents the important challenge of reducing the scan time while maintaining the spatial resolution. The preferred approach for this is to use time-varying readout gradients to collect the spatial and chemical-shift information. Fast,(More)
This work explores the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for nondestructive determination of wood characteristics and for 3D wood modeling. In this context, one of the applications under development is the automatic recognition and reconstruction of rings from transversal images obtained from MRI scanners. The algorithm analyzes a set of transversal(More)
This paper describes a novel technique to obtain radar biases estimates that can effectively reduce mismatches in track association algorithms. This is accomplished by matching ship-borne radar images to geo-referenced satellite images. The matching is performed through the minimization of the averaged partial Hausdorff distance between data points in each(More)
Image quality and total scan time in MRI are determined in large part by the trajectory employed to sample the Fourier space. Each trajectory has different properties like coverage of k-space, scan time, sensitivity to off-resonance conditions, etc. These properties are often contradictory, therefore a universal optimal trajectory does not exist and(More)
This paper presents a robust method for localization of mobile robots in environments that may be cluttered and that not necessarily have a polygonal structure. The estimation of the position and orientation of the robot relies on the minimization of the modified Hausdorff distance between ladar range measurements and a map of the environment. The approach(More)