Deep Learning Fast MRI Using Channel Attention in Magnitude Domain

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisition is an inherently slow process whose acceleration has been the subject of much investigation. In recent years, the explosive advance of deep learning techniques for computer vision and image reconstruction has led to the investigation of deep neural networks for the reconstruction of MRI with under-sampled k-space. In this work, we propose a new image domain architecture that directly produces a sum-of-squares image from under-sampled multi-coil MRI acquisition. This model, called BarbellNet, is a fully convolutional neural network architecture that utilizes the channel attention mechanism using the residual channel attention block (RCAB). Through extensive experiments with the fastMRI data set, we confirm the efficacy of BarbellNet.

in 2020 17th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI)