Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is an elastic tissue property imaging modality in which the phase-contrast based MRI imaging technique is used to measure internal displacement induced by a harmonically oscillating mechanical vibration. MRE has made rapid technological progress in the past decade and has now reached the stage of clinical use. Most of the research outcomes are based on the assumption of isotropy. Since soft tissues likeskeletal muscles show anisotropic behavior, the MRE technique should be extended to anisotropic elastic property imaging. This paper considers reconstruction in a transversely isotropic model, which is the simplest case of anisotropy, and develops a new non-iterative reconstruction method for visualizing the elastic moduli distribution. This new method is based on an explicit representation formula using the Newtonian potential of measured displacement. Hence, the proposed method does not require iterations since it directly recovers the anisotropic elastic moduli. We perform numerical simulations in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed method in recovering a two-dimensional anisotropic tensor.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Signal Processing
- Mathematical Physics
- Computer Science Applications
- Applied Mathematics