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Fast and accurate simulations of diffusion-weighted MRI signals for the evaluation of acquisition sequences
Author(s): Gaëtan Rensonnet; Damien Jacobs; Benoît Macq; Maxime Taquet
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Paper Abstract

Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) is a powerful tool to probe the diffusion of water through tissues. Through the application of magnetic gradients of appropriate direction, intensity and duration constituting the acquisition parameters, information can be retrieved about the underlying microstructural organization of the brain. In this context, an important and open question is to determine an optimal sequence of such acquisition parameters for a specific purpose. The use of simulated DW-MRI data for a given microstructural configuration provides a convenient and efficient way to address this problem. We first present a novel hybrid method for the synthetic simulation of DW-MRI signals that combines analytic expressions in simple geometries such as spheres and cylinders and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations elsewhere. Our hybrid method remains valid for any acquisition parameters and provides identical levels of accuracy with a computational time that is 90% shorter than that required by MC simulations for commonly-encountered microstructural configurations. We apply our novel simulation technique to estimate the radius of axons under various noise levels with different acquisition protocols commonly used in the literature. The results of our comparison suggest that protocols favoring a large number of gradient intensities such as a Cube and Sphere (CUSP) imaging provide more accurate radius estimation than conventional single-shell HARDI acquisitions for an identical acquisition time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9784, Medical Imaging 2016: Image Processing, 97843L (21 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2217422
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Gaëtan Rensonnet, Univ. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Damien Jacobs, Univ. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Benoît Macq, Univ. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Maxime Taquet, Boston Children's Hospital (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9784:
Medical Imaging 2016: Image Processing
Martin A. Styner; Elsa D. Angelini, Editor(s)

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