An introduction to visualization of diffusion tensor imaging and its applications

Visualization and Image Processing of Tensor Fields - 2005
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Water diffusion is anisotropic in organized tissues such as white matter and muscle. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a non-invasive MR technique, measures water self-diffusion rates and thus gives an indication of the underlying tissue microstructure. The diffusion rate is often expressed by a secondorder tensor. Insightful DTI visualization is challenging because of the multivariate nature and the complex spatial relationships in a diffusion tensor field. This chapter surveys the different visualization techniques that have been developed for DTI and compares their main characteristics and drawbacks. We also discuss some of the many biomedical applications in which DTI helps extend our understanding or improve clinical procedures. We conclude with an overview of open problems and research directions.

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@InProceedings { VZKL05,
  author       = "Vilanova, Anna and Zhang, S. and Kindlmann, Gordon and Laidlaw, D.H.",
  title        = "An introduction to visualization of diffusion tensor imaging and its applications",
  booktitle    = "Visualization and Image Processing of Tensor Fields",
  year         = "2005",
  editor       = "Weickert,J. and Hagen,H.",
  publisher    = "Springer",
  address      = "Berlin",
  note         = "Mathematics and VisualizationPerspective Workshop on Visualization and Processing of Tensor Fields ; (Dagstuhl, Germany) ; 2004.04.18-23",
  url          = ""

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