Localization of brachytherapy seeds in MRI by deconvolution.
MRI has the potential to be used as a preferred imaging method for brachytherapy during the seed insertion and post-surgery evaluation. However, the brachytherapy seeds usually appear dark in the MRI magnitude images. Previously, we have developed a method based on susceptibility mapping to generate positive contrast of the seeds, which allows improved seed localization. In this paper, we propose a new method to localize the seeds by deconvolution using a seed kernel (i.e. the calculated magnetic field surrounding a seed). The deconvolution is solved using a regularized L1 minimization. Results from simulated and experimental data sets show that the seeds can be identified and localized using the proposed method more precisely.
Dong, Y; Chang, Z; Whitehead, G; Ji, J
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