Unsupervised learning-based dual-domain method for low-dose CT denoising
Objective. Low-dose CT (LDCT) is an important research topic in the field of CT imaging because of its ability to reduce radiation damage in clinical diagnosis. In recent years, deep learning techniques have been widely applied in LDCT imaging and a large number of denoising methods have been proposed. However, One major challenge of supervised deep learning-based methods is the exactly geometric pairing of datasets with different doses. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop an unsupervised learning-based LDCT imaging method to address the aforementioned challenges.Approach. In this paper, we propose an unsupervised learning-based dual-domain method for LDCT denoising, which consists of two stages: the first stage is projection domain denoising, in which the unsupervised learning method Noise2Self is applied to denoise the projection data with statistically independent and zero-mean noise. The second stage is an iterative enhancement approach, which combines the prior information obtained from the generative model with an iterative reconstruction algorithm to enhance the details of the reconstructed image.Main results. Experimental results show that our proposed method outperforms the comparison method in terms of denoising effect. Particularly, in terms of SSIM, the denoised results obtained using our method achieve the highest SSIM.Significance. In conclusion, our unsupervised learning-based method can be a promising alternative to the traditional supervised methods for LDCT imaging, especially when the availability of the labeled datasets is limited.
National Natural Science Foundation of China["61971293","61871275"] ; Sino-German Center[M-0187]
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Engineering ; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Engineering, Biomedical ; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
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MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & GENETICS
Cited Times [WOS]:0
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1.School of Mathematical Sciences,Capital Normal University,100048,China
2.Shenzhen National Applied Mathematics Center,Southern University of Science and Technology,Shenzhen,518055,China
Yu，Jie,Zhang，Huitao,Zhang，Peng,et al. Unsupervised learning-based dual-domain method for low-dose CT denoising[J]. Physics in medicine and biology,2023,68(18).
Yu，Jie,Zhang，Huitao,Zhang，Peng,&Zhu，Yining.(2023).Unsupervised learning-based dual-domain method for low-dose CT denoising.Physics in medicine and biology,68(18).
Yu，Jie,et al."Unsupervised learning-based dual-domain method for low-dose CT denoising".Physics in medicine and biology 68.18(2023).
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