Multi-contrast MRI is a frequently used imaging technique in preclinical brain imaging. In longitudinal cross-sectional
studies exploring and browsing through this high-throughput, heterogeneous data can become a very demanding task. The goal of this work was to build an intuitive and easy to use, dedicated visualization and side-by-side exploration tool for heterogeneous, co-registered multi-contrast, follow-up cross-sectional MRI data. The deformation field, which results from the registration step, was used to automatically link the same voxel in the displayed datasets of interest. Its determinant of the Jacobian (detJac) was used for a faster and more accurate visual assessment and comparison of brain deformation between the follow-up scans. This was combined with an efficient data management scheme. We investigated the functionality and the utility of our tool in the neuroimaging research field by means of a case study evaluation with three experienced domain scientists, using longitudinal, cross-sectional multi-contrast MRI rat brain data. Based on the performed case study evaluation we can conclude that the proposed tool improves the visual assessment of high-throughput cross-sectional, multi-contrast, follow-up data and can further assist in guiding quantitative studies.