Fully Bayesian 3D PET-MR Neuroimaging Reconstruction

Lead Research Organisation: King's College London
Department Name: Imaging & Biomedical Engineering


Aims of the PhD Project

Develop a PET-MR latent-space generative modelling methodology for brain PET
Provide uncertainty images with the reconstructions
Reduce noise and improve spatial resolution of brain PET images, to potentially lower injected radiation doses or reduce scan time

Positron emission tomography (PET) is in widespread use for imaging cancer, and diseases of the heart and brain. This project concerns the case of brain imaging with a simultaneous PET-MR scanner, with potential applications in both research and clinical imaging. Brain PET imaging can be limited by noisy data and by relatively low spatial resolution, depending on the amount of radioactivity administered and the radiotracer being used.

This project will use AI methodologies to make best use of additional information to help improve image quality, such as that from the simultaneously acquired MRI. However, at present, there is no routine way of expressing how confident we are in the images that are reconstructed from the collected scanner data. This matters, as these images inform both research findings as well as clinical decision making, and with the advent of AI reconstruction methods the need for uncertainty in the reconstructed image quality is greater than ever.

This project will use the very latest in deep learned generative modelling methodologies and place them directly into the image formation process for PET, thus allowing ensembles of reconstructed images to be generated. Furthermore, data from MRI will be used to provide even richer information for these image models. This will allow improved image quality, which while beneficial in its own right, can in turn potentially be used to reduce radiation doses, shorten scan times (reducing impact of motion, increasing patient comfort and throughput), or even to reduce the numbers of subjects needed to establish a research hypothesis.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S022104/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2028
2886403 Studentship EP/S022104/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 George Webber