An image-processing toolset for diffusion tensor tractography.

Mishra A, Lu Y, Choe AS, Aldroubi A, Gore JC, Anderson AW, Ding Z
Magn Reson Imaging. 2007 25 (3): 365-76

PMID: 17371726 · PMCID: PMC2719760 · DOI:10.1016/j.mri.2006.10.006

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)-based fiber tractography holds great promise in delineating neuronal fiber tracts and, hence, providing connectivity maps of the neural networks in the human brain. An array of image-processing techniques has to be developed to turn DTI tractography into a practically useful tool. To this end, we have developed a suite of image-processing tools for fiber tractography with improved reliability. This article summarizes the main technical developments we have made to date, which include anisotropic smoothing, anisotropic interpolation, Bayesian fiber tracking and automatic fiber bundling. A primary focus of these techniques is the robustness to noise and partial volume averaging, the two major hurdles to reliable fiber tractography. Performance of these techniques has been comprehensively examined with simulated and in vivo DTI data, demonstrating improvements in the robustness and reliability of DTI tractography.

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Algorithms Artificial Intelligence Brain Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging Humans Image Enhancement Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted Nerve Net Neural Pathways Reproducibility of Results Sensitivity and Specificity Software

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