Visual Attention Network for Low Dose CT

10/31/2018 ∙ by Wenchao Du, et al. ∙ 0

Noise and artifacts are intrinsic to low dose CT (LDCT) data acquisition, and will significantly affect the imaging performance. Perfect noise removal and image restoration is intractable in the context of LDCT due to the statistical and technical uncertainties. In this paper, we apply the generative adversarial network (GAN) framework with a visual attention mechanism to deal with this problem in a data-driven/machine learning fashion. Our main idea is to inject visual attention knowledge into the learning process of GAN to provide a powerful prior of the noise distribution. By doing this, both the generator and discriminator networks are empowered with visual attention information so they will not only pay special attention to noisy regions and surrounding structures but also explicitly assess the local consistency of the recovered regions. Our experiments qualitatively and quantitatively demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method with clinic CT images.

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