Applied Magnetic Resonance

, Volume 50, Issue 1–3, pp 137–158 | Cite as

Improving Multi-contrast Imaging with Reference Guided Location and Orientation Priors on Edges

  • Qingyong Zhu
  • Wei WangEmail author
Original Paper


The multi-contrast magnetic resonance imaging can provide rich clinical and diagnostic information, but it requires long scanning time in data acquisition. In this paper, we propose a reference guided joint reconstruction method to address this problem. The proposed method both incorporates the location and orientation priors on edge regions from a high-resolution reference image into joint sparsity constraints, enabling to effectively reconstruct high-quality multi-contrast images from the under-sampled k-space data. The alternating direction method of multipliers is used to solve the joint sparsity-promoting optimization problem. In addition, a generalized frame with multiple reference images is developed to further improve the reconstruction performance, and the proposed method in combination with parallel imaging is also demonstrated to analyze the feasibility in the practical multi-channel acquisition of multi-contrast images. The experiments have demonstrated the superiority of our proposed method compared to those existing reconstruction technologies in multi-contrast imaging.



We would like to thank the authors that mentioned in paper for sharing their Matlab codes online. We also thank Xi Peng and Shanshan Wang for some helpful discussions. The authors would like to express their sincere gratitude to the reviewers for their positive comments and valuable advice on this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of mathematic and statisticsXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China

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