6 March 2018 Empirical estimation of intravoxel structure with persistent angular structure and Q-ball models of diffusion weighted MRI
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The diffusion tensor model is nonspecific in regions where micrometer structural patterns are inconsistent at the millimeter scale (i.e., brain regions with pathways that cross, bend, branch, fan, etc.). Numerous models have been proposed to represent crossing fibers and complex intravoxel structure from in vivo diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (e.g., high angular resolution diffusion imaging—HARDI). Here, we present an empirical comparison of two HARDI approaches—persistent angular structure MRI (PAS-MRI) and Q-ball—using a newly acquired reproducibility dataset. Briefly, a single subject was scanned 11 times with 96 diffusion weighted directions and 10 reference volumes for each of two b values (1000 and 3000  s  /  mm2 for a total of 2144 volumes). Empirical reproducibility of intravoxel fiber fractions (number/strength of peaks), angular orientation, and fractional anisotropy was compared with metrics from a traditional tensor analysis approach, focusing on b values of 1000 and 3000  s  /  mm2. PAS-MRI is shown to be more reproducible than Q-ball and offers advantages at low b values. However, there are substantial and biologically meaningful differences between the intravoxel structures estimated both in terms of analysis method as well as by b value. The two methods suggest a fundamentally different microarchitecture of the human brain; therefore, it is premature to perform meta-analysis or combine results across HARDI studies using a different analysis model or acquisition sequences.
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Vishwesh Nath, Vishwesh Nath, Kurt G. Schilling, Kurt G. Schilling, Prasanna Parvathaneni, Prasanna Parvathaneni, Justin A. Blaber, Justin A. Blaber, Allison E. Hainline, Allison E. Hainline, Zhaohua Ding, Zhaohua Ding, Adam W. Anderson, Adam W. Anderson, Bennett A. Landman, Bennett A. Landman, } "Empirical estimation of intravoxel structure with persistent angular structure and Q-ball models of diffusion weighted MRI," Journal of Medical Imaging 5(1), 014005 (6 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JMI.5.1.014005 . Submission: Received: 27 February 2017; Accepted: 12 February 2018
Received: 27 February 2017; Accepted: 12 February 2018; Published: 6 March 2018
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