UMRAM-Brain Research Center Seminar
“Efficient MRI through improved encoding and reconstruction”
Dr. Berkin Bilgiç
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Date/Time: Thursday, January 7th, 5:30 pm
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Abstract: In this talk, we will introduce encoding and reconstruction strategies that aim to “fix” echo-planar imaging by eliminating geometric distortions, boosting acquisition efficiency, and reducing T2/T2* related voxel blurring. These strategies allow for rapid and high-resolution acquisitions with isotropic voxel sizes and lend themselves to diffusion imaging, relaxation parameter estimation, and quantitative susceptibility mapping. We show that these approaches can be also tailored to provide a 2-minute comprehensive brain exam with multiple clinical contrasts with high geometric fidelity and SNR. Finally, we introduce physics-driven machine learning reconstruction techniques that further improve the achievable acceleration rates and image quality. These incorporate what is known about the encoded image without being exposed to potential vulnerabilities of deep learning in terms of generalizability and explainability. Tailoring these models so that they can work in a scan-specific, unsupervised manner further addresses concerns about generalization, as they are trained solely using acquired data per each subject.
About the Speaker: Dr. Berkin Bilgiç is an Assistant Professor in Radiology at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, where his group develops data acquisition and reconstruction techniques for MRI. Previously, he was a Research Fellow and Instructor in Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his Ph.D. degree at MIT in 2013. In 2008, he received BS degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Physics from Boğaziçi University.