A new postprocessing filter based on the continuous wavelet transform (CWT) method modeled as a biexponential decay function to isolate the lactate doublet from overlapping lipid resonance(s) and estimate its magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) parameters (signal amplitude, resonance frequencies, and apparent relaxation time (T(*) (2))) is proposed. The new filter employs the same iterative process used in the previously single exponential decay filter. A comparison of the results obtained from application of both filters to simulated data and real (1)H MRS data collected from human blood plasma and brain tumors demonstrates that the new filter provides a better estimate of MRS parameters of lactate, with less computation time. Furthermore, the results show that the new filter is less sensitive to noise and provides a direct estimate of J-coupling value of the lactate doublet.
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