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Provably Convergent Learned Inexact Descent Algorithm for Low-Dose CT Reconstruction

04/27/2021
by   Qingchao Zhang, et al.
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We propose a provably convergent method, called Efficient Learned Descent Algorithm (ELDA), for low-dose CT (LDCT) reconstruction. ELDA is a highly interpretable neural network architecture with learned parameters and meanwhile retains convergence guarantee as classical optimization algorithms. To improve reconstruction quality, the proposed ELDA also employs a new non-local feature mapping and an associated regularizer. We compare ELDA with several state-of-the-art deep image methods, such as RED-CNN and Learned Primal-Dual, on a set of LDCT reconstruction problems. Numerical experiments demonstrate improvement of reconstruction quality using ELDA with merely 19 layers, suggesting the promising performance of ELDA in solution accuracy and parameter efficiency.

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