Keywords: Zero-shot learning, self-supervised learning, MRI reconstruction, transfer learning, physics-guided deep learning
TL;DR: Zero-shot self-supervised learning to perform subject-specific MRI reconstruction
Abstract: Physics-guided deep learning (PG-DL) has emerged as a powerful tool for accelerated MRI reconstruction, while often necessitating a database of fully-sampled measurements for training. Recent self-supervised and unsupervised learning approaches enable training without fully-sampled data. However, a database of undersampled measurements may not be available in many scenarios, especially for scans involving contrast or recently developed sequences, necessitating new methodology for subject-specific PG-DL reconstructions. A main challenge for developing subject-specific PG-DL methods is the large number of parameters, making it prone to over-fitting. Moreover, database-trained models may not generalize well to unseen measurements that differ in terms of SNR, image contrast, sampling pattern, and anatomy. In this work, we propose a zero-shot self-supervised learning approach to perform subject-specific PG-DL reconstruction to tackle these issues. The proposed approach splits available measurements for each scan into three disjoint sets. Two of these sets are used to enforce data consistency and define loss during training, while the last set is used to establish an early stopping criterion. In the presence of models pre-trained on a database, we show that the proposed approach can be adapted as subject-specific fine-tuning via transfer learning to further improve reconstruction quality.
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