An introduction to visualization of diffusion tensor imaging and its applications

A. Vilanova, S. Zhang, G. Kindlmann, D.H. Laidlaw

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Abstract

Water diffusion is anisotropic in organized tissues such as white matterand muscle. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a non-invasive MR technique, measureswater self-diffusion rates and thus gives an indication of the underlying tissuemicrostructure. The diffusion rate is often expressed by a second-order tensor. InsightfulDTI visualization is challenging because of the multivariate nature and thecomplex spatial relationships in a diffusion tensor field. This chapter surveys thedifferent visualization techniques that have been developed for DTI and comparestheir main characteristics and drawbacks. We also discuss some of the many biomedicalapplications in which DTI helps extend our understanding or improve clinicalprocedures. We conclude with an overview of open problems and research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisualization and Image Processing of Tensor Fields
EditorsJ. Weickert, H. Hagen
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages121-153
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)3-540-25032-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventPerspectives workshop Visualization and Image Processing of Tensor Fields, April 18-23, 2004, Wadern, Germany - Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany
Duration: 18 Apr 200423 Apr 2004
https://www.dagstuhl.de/no_cache/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=04172

Publication series

NameMathematics and Visualization
ISSN (Print)1612-3786

Workshop

WorkshopPerspectives workshop Visualization and Image Processing of Tensor Fields, April 18-23, 2004, Wadern, Germany
CountryGermany
CityWadern
Period18/04/0423/04/04
OtherDagstuhl Seminar 04172
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