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Maximum likelihood estimation for Rician distributed data in analytical q-ball imaging

S Beladi, PN Pathirana, P Brotchie

2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10 | Published : 2010


Analytical q-ball imaging is widely used for reconstruction of orientation distribution function (ODF) using diffusion weighted MRI data. Estimating the spherical harmonic coefficients is a critical step in this method. Least squares (LS) is widely used for this purpose assuming the noise to be additive Gaussian. However, Rician noise is considered as a more appropriate model to describe noise in MR signal. Therefore, the current estimation techniques are valid only for high SNRs with Gaussian distribution approximating the Rician distribution. The aim of this study is to present an estimation approach considering the actual distribution of the data to provide reliable results particularly f..

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