Evaluation of fiber tracking from subsampled q-space data in diffusion spectrum imaging

Getaneh Bayu Tefera, Yuxiang Zhou, Vaibhav Juneja, Ponnada A. Narayana

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Diffusion spectrum imaging (DSI) is capable of resolving crossing and touching fiber bundles in a given voxel. Acquisition of DSI data involves sampling large number of points in the q-space which significantly increases scan times. The scan times can be reduced by exploiting the symmetry of the q-space. In this study the fiber pathways for five (fornix, cingulum, superior longitudinal fasciculus, corticospinal tract, and crossing fibers in the centrum semiovale region) fiber bundles derived using three subsampled data sets of different sizes derived from the 257 samples in the q-space are compared. The coefficient of variation of the ratio of the number of fiber pathways for each subsample data set to the original data points, averaged over all the 10 subjects, was used for quantitatively investigating the effect of subsampling on the tractography. The effect of threshold angles on tractography is also investigated. The effect of subsampling on the orientation distribution function (ODF) was quantitatively evaluated using both scalar and vector measures derived from the ODF. A streamline tractography method that improves the curvature problem and reduces the local truncation error to further improve the mapping of fiber pathways is adapted. Analysis of the fiber pathways in ten normal subjects, based on qualitative and quantitative methods, shows that the 129 and 198 q-space points provide very similar result with angle of threshold between 41° and 45°. Based on the scan time advantage, 129 subsampled points appear to be adequate for tractography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)820-826
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Crossing fibers
  • Diffusion spectrum imaging
  • Fiber bundles
  • Fiber pathways
  • Fiber tracking
  • Predictor-corrector
  • Q-space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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