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Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)

About DTI

Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), is an application of diffusion imaging where several sets of diffusion-weighted images are acquired with the diffusion gradients applied in different directions. This technique enables the detection of diffusion anisotropy in various mediums such as brain white matter.
The diffusive properties of an anisotropic medium can be described with a 3 X 3 symmetric tensor. The eigenvalues of the diffusion tensor are the diffusion coefficients in the three principal directions of diffusivity, and the eigenvector corresponding to the largest eigenvalue is the main diffusivity direction in the medium. It is then possible to construct image maps from the main diffusivity direction, and for various anisotropy indices calculated from the eigenvalues. The anisotropy indices range from 0, in the case of completely isotropic diffusion, to 1, in the case of completely anisotropic diffusion.