Improving the resolution in magnetic resonance imaging comes at the cost of either lower signal-to-noise ratio, longer acquisition time or both. This study investigates whether so-called super-resolution reconstruction methods can increase the resolution in the slice selection direction and, as such, are a viable alternative to direct high-resolution… (More)
In MRI, the relatively thick slices of multi-slice acquisitions often hamper visualization and analysis of the underlying anatomy. A group of post-processing techniques referred to as super-resolution reconstruction (SRR) have been developed to address this issue. In this study, we present a novel approach to SRR in MRI, which exploits the high-resolution… (More)
The visualization of activity in mouse brain using inversion recovery spin echo (IR-SE) manganese-enhanced MRI (MEMRI) provides unique contrast, but suffers from poor resolution in the slice-encoding direction. Super-resolution reconstruction (SRR) is a resolution-enhancing post-processing technique in which multiple low-resolution slice stacks are combined… (More)
Super-resolution reconstruction (SRR) is a post-acquisition method for producing a high-resolution (HR) image from a set of low-resolution (LR) images. However, for large volumes of data, this technique is computationally very demanding and time consuming. In this study we focus on the specific case of whole-body mouse data and present a novel, integrated,… (More)
Sparse representations classification (SRC) is a powerful technique for pixelwise classification of images and it is increasingly being used for a wide variety of image analysis tasks. The method uses sparse representation and learned redundant dictionaries to classify image pixels. In this empirical study we propose to further leverage the redundancy of… (More)
In small animal imaging studies, when the locations of the micro-structures of interest are unknown a priori, there is a simultaneous need for full-body coverage and high resolution. In MRI, additional requirements to image contrast and acquisition time will often make it impossible to acquire such images directly. Recently, a resolution enhancing… (More)
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This paper introduces a new empirical model for dynamic MRI and shows its application to MRI reconstruction. The model proposes that short 1D signals, so-called snippets, along the image's temporal dimension are sparse under non-linear transformation using a compact dictionary trained on the data itself. We employ this model to the problem of reconstructing… (More)