UNC-Utah NA-MIC framework for DTI fiber tract analysis

Audrey R. Verde, Francois Budin, Jean Baptiste Berger, Aditya Gupta, Mahshid Farzinfar, Adrien Kaiser, Mihye Ahn, Hans Johnson, Joy Matsui, Heather C. Hazlett, Anuja Sharma, Casey Goodlett, Yundi Shi, Sylvain Gouttard, Clement Vachet, Joseph Piven, Hongtu Zhu, Guido Gerig, Martin Styner

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    Abstract

    Diffusion tensor imaging has become an important modality in the field of neuroimaging to capture changes in micro-organization and to assess white matter integrity or development. While there exists a number of tractography toolsets, these usually lack tools for preprocessing or to analyze diffusion properties along the fiber tracts. Currently, the field is in critical need of a coherent end-to-end toolset for performing an along-fiber tract analysis, accessible to non-technical neuroimaging researchers. The UNC-Utah NA-MIC DTI framework represents a coherent, open source, end-to-end toolset for atlas fiber tract based DTI analysis encompassing DICOM data conversion, quality control, atlas building, fiber tractography, fiber parameterization, and statistical analysis of diffusion properties. Most steps utilize graphical user interfaces (GUI) to simplify interaction and provide an extensive DTI analysis framework for non-technical researchers/investigators. We illustrate the use of our framework on a small sample, cross sectional neuroimaging study of eight healthy 1-year-old children from the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) Network. In this limited test study, we illustrate the power of our method by quantifying the diffusion properties at 1 year of age on the genu and splenium fiber tracts.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number51
    JournalFrontiers in Neuroinformatics
    Volume7
    Issue numberJAN
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 9 2014

    Keywords

    • DTI atlas building
    • Diffusion imaging quality control
    • Diffusion tensor imaging
    • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Neonatal neuroimaging
    • White matter pathways

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Computer Science Applications

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    Verde, A. R., Budin, F., Berger, J. B., Gupta, A., Farzinfar, M., Kaiser, A., Ahn, M., Johnson, H., Matsui, J., Hazlett, H. C., Sharma, A., Goodlett, C., Shi, Y., Gouttard, S., Vachet, C., Piven, J., Zhu, H., Gerig, G., & Styner, M. (2014). UNC-Utah NA-MIC framework for DTI fiber tract analysis. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 7(JAN), [51]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fninf.2013.00051