Fiber orientation estimation guided by a deep network

Chuyang Ye, Jerry L. Prince

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Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) is currently the only tool for noninvasively imaging the brain’s white matter tracts. The fiber orientation (FO) is a key feature computed from dMRI for tract reconstruction. Because the number of FOs in a voxel is usually small, dictionary-based sparse reconstruction has been used to estimate FOs. However, accurate estimation of complex FO configurations in the presence of noise can still be challenging. In this work we explore the use of a deep network for FO estimation in a dictionary-based framework and propose an algorithm named Fiber Orientation Reconstruction guided by a Deep Network (FORDN). FORDN consists of two steps. First, we use a smaller dictionary encoding coarse basis FOs to represent diffusion signals. To estimate the mixture fractions of the dictionary atoms, a deep network is designed to solve the sparse reconstruction problem. Second, the coarse FOs inform the final FO estimation, where a larger dictionary encoding a dense basis of FOs is used and a weighted ℓ1 -norm regularized least squares problem is solved to encourage FOs that are consistent with the network output. FORDN was evaluated and compared with state-of-the-art algorithms that estimate FOs using sparse reconstruction on simulated and typical clinical dMRI data. The results demonstrate the benefit of using a deep network for FO estimation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention − MICCAI 2017 - 20th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsMaxime Descoteaux, Simon Duchesne, Alfred Franz, Pierre Jannin, D. Louis Collins, Lena Maier-Hein
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319661810
StatePublished - 2017
Event20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2017 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: Sep 11 2017Sep 13 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10433 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2017
CityQuebec City


  • Deep Network
  • Diffusion MRI
  • Fiber orientation estimation
  • Sparse reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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