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Geometrically constrained two-tensor model for crossing tracts in DWI. Anisotropic diffusion can indicate the underlying tissue orientation Figure 1. A diffusion tensor imaging tractography atlas for virtual in vivo dissections. Small three-dimensional objects called glyphs can be used to display information from each tensor eigensystem.

Inferring riffusion features and the physiological state of tissues from diffusion-weighted images.

Wherever possible, pointers will be provided to more in-depth technical articles or books intrroduction further reading. Journal of molecular neuroscience. In the normal human brain, the trace is high in cerebrospinal fluid, around 9. In diffusion MRI, magnetic field gradients are employed to sensitize the image to diffusion in a particular direction.

Another popular method is called FACT [ 54 ]. However, to date there is no perfect method, and it is unlikely that perfect tractography is possible.

An introduction to diffusion tensor image analysis

Automated methods for atlas-based tractography segmentation, that use prior knowledge to select trajectories, have also been developed [ 63606465666768 ]. The goal of this review is to give a basic and broad overview of DTI such that the reader may develop an intuitive understanding of this type of data, and an awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. Note this interpretation is only strictly true in regions where fiber tracts do not cross, fan, or branch.


The major eigenvector of the diffusion tensor points in the principal diffusion direction the direction of the fastest diffusion.

Journal of Magnetic Resonance. Figure 2 shows 3 diffusion tensors chosen from different regions of the human brain to illustrate possible shapes of the ellipsoid. Diffuzion motor-evoked potential threshold evaluated by tractography and electrical stimulation.

Other factors can confound tractography. A significant fraction of WM voxels in the brain contains multiple fiber bundles oriented in different directions, where the diffusion tensor model is not reliable [ 74 ]. Numerical Recipes in C: We expect that the field will benefit from many future advances in diffusion imaging and analysis.


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Structure-specific statistical mapping of white matter tracts. Finsler tractography for white matter connectivity analysis of the cingulum bundle. However, suzumu sets of orthogonal mathematically independent scalars have been defined [ 4647 ]. Open in a separate window. In anisotropic fibrous tissues the major eigenvector also defines the fiber tract axis of the tissue [ 6 ], and thus the three orthogonal eigenvectors can be thought of as a local fiber coordinate system.

We refer the reader to [ 8 ] for information on the MR physics of DTI and [ 537 ] for more information on the tensor calculation process. Microscopic anisotropy revealed by NMR double pulsed field gradient experiments with arbitrary timing parameters.

The measured macroscopic duffusion anisotropy is due to microscopic tissue heterogeneity [ 6 ]. But if the largest eigenvalue is much larger than the other two eigenvalues, the linear measure will be large, giving evidence for the presence of a single fiber tract.

An introduction to diffusion tensor image analysis

The color scheme most commonly used to represent the orientation of the major eigenvector works as follows: Perisylvian language networks of the human brain. This equation describes how the signal intensity at each voxel decreases in the presence of Gaussian diffusion:. To measure diffusion sushmu MRI, magnetic field gradients are employed to create an image that is sensitized to diffusion in a eusumu direction.


Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Medical image computing and computer-assisted intervention-Volume Part I; Springer-Verlag; Applications to functional MRIch. Genetic influences on brain asymmetry: In the left image, fibers yellow with black dotted line have traced parts of two anatomical structures by incorrectly crossing from one to the other at arrow.

See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Together, the eigenvectors and eigenvalues define an ellipsoid that represents an isosurface of Gaussian diffusion probability: Molecular diffusion nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. Illustration of anisotropic diffusion, in the ideal case of a coherently oriented tissue. introdyction

Diffusion Tensor Visualization with Glyph Packing. Please review our privacy policy. Another type of image can represent the major eigenvector field using a mapping to colors Figure 5. Support Center Support Center. We have tried to include equations for completeness but they are not necessary for understanding the paper. Due to their random phase, signal from diffusing molecules is lost.

See the text for more information about the imaginng of these measures. The basis of anisotropic water diffusion in the nervous system – a technical review. Color schemes to represent the orientation of anisotropic tissues from diffusion tensor data: The scale of DTI and the brain: It has been applied to a tremendous variety of neuroscientific studies see reviews in [ 141516 ] including schizophrenia [ 17 ], traumatic brain injury [ 18 ], multiple sclerosis [ 1920 ], autism [ 21 ], and aging [ 22 ].