Super-Resolution 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging Utilizing Deep Learning

Zohaib Iqbal, Dan Nguyen, Gilbert Hangel, Stanislav Motyka, Wolfgang Bogner, Steve Jiang

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Magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (SI) is a unique imaging technique that provides biochemical information from in vivo tissues. The 1H spectra acquired from several spatial regions are quantified to yield metabolite concentrations reflective of tissue metabolism. However, since these metabolites are found in tissues at very low concentrations, SI is often acquired with limited spatial resolution. In this work, we test the hypothesis that deep learning is able to upscale low resolution SI, together with the T1-weighted (T1w) image, to reconstruct high resolution SI. We report on a novel densely connected UNet (D-UNet) architecture capable of producing super-resolution spectroscopic images. The inputs for the D-UNet are the T1w image and the low resolution SI image while the output is the high resolution SI. The results of the D-UNet are compared both qualitatively and quantitatively to simulated and in vivo high resolution SI. It is found that this deep learning approach can produce high quality spectroscopic images and reconstruct entire 1H spectra from low resolution acquisitions, which can greatly advance the current SI workflow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1010
JournalFrontiers in Oncology
StatePublished - Oct 9 2019


  • artificial intelligence
  • deep learning (DL)
  • magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (SI)
  • magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H MRS)
  • super-resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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