Deriving Brain Myelin Water Fraction Maps from Relaxometry: a Data-Driven Approach

Currently, one of the gold-standard methods to obtain brain myelin water fraction (MWF) maps is the multi-echo spin-echo sequence. To overcome some of its limitations (e.g. long acquisition times), a data-driven approach for deriving MWF maps is proposed here. A general linear model (GLM) and a conditional generative adversarial network (cGAN) were trained to learn the reference MWF from T1 and T2 maps acquired in a healthy cohort. While GLM-derived maps exhibited MWF overestimation, especially in WM tissue, the cGAN yielded images in agreement with the reference. The proposed methods were preliminarily tested in patients and revealed myelin degradation in expected areas.


Presented at:
ISMRM 27th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Montréal, Canada, Mai 11-16, 2019
Year:
2019-05
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