Motion-Robust Diffusion-Weighted Brain MRI Reconstruction Through Slice-Level Registration-Based Motion Tracking

IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2016 Oct;35(10):2258-2269. doi: 10.1109/TMI.2016.2555244.


This work proposes a novel approach for motion-robust diffusion-weighted (DW) brain MRI reconstruction through tracking temporal head motion using slice-to-volume registration. The slice-level motion is estimated through a filtering approach that allows tracking the head motion during the scan and correcting for out-of-plane inconsistency in the acquired images. Diffusion-sensitized image slices are registered to a base volume sequentially over time in the acquisition order where an outlier-robust Kalman filter, coupled with slice-to-volume registration, estimates head motion parameters. Diffusion gradient directions are corrected for the aligned DWI slices based on the computed rotation parameters and the diffusion tensors are directly estimated from the corrected data at each voxel using weighted linear least squares. The method was evaluated in DWI scans of adult volunteers who deliberately moved during scans as well as clinical DWI of 28 neonates and children with different types of motion. Experimental results showed marked improvements in DWI reconstruction using the proposed method compared to the state-of-the-art DWI analysis based on volume-to-volume registration. This approach can be readily used to retrieve information from motion-corrupted DW imaging data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Artifacts
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Movement / physiology