Journal article

Reconstruction of Large, Irregularly Sampled Multidimensional Images. A Tensor-Based Approach

Many practical applications require the reconstruction of images from irregularly sampled data. The spline formalism offers an attractive framework for solving this problem; the currently available methods, however, are hard to deploy for large-scale interpolation problems in dimensions greater than two (3-D, 3-D+time) because of an exponential increase of their computational cost (curse of dimensionality). Here, we revisit the standard regularized least-squares formulation of the interpolation problem, and propose to perform the reconstruction in a uniform tensor-product B-spline basis as an alternative to the classical solution involving radial basis functions. Our analysis reveals that the underlying multilinear system of equations admits a tensor decomposition with an extreme sparsity of its one dimensional components. We exploit this property for implementing a parallel, memory-efficient system solver. We show that the computational complexity of the proposed algorithm is essentially linear in the number of measurements and that its dependency on the number of dimensions is significantly less than that of the original sparse matrix-based implementation. The net benefit is a substantial reduction in memory requirement and operation count when compared to standard matrix-based algorithms, so that even 4-D problems with millions of samples become computationally feasible on desktop PCs in reasonable time. After validating the proposed algorithm in 3-D and 4-D, we apply it to a concrete imaging problem: the reconstruction of medical ultrasound images (3-D+time) from a large set of irregularly sampled measurements, acquired by a fast rotating ultrasound transducer.

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