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Correction for fast pseudo-diffusive fluid motion contaminations in diffusion tensor imaging


Stieb, Sonja; Klarhoefer, Markus; Finkenstaedt, Tim; Wurnig, Moritz C; Becker, Anton S; Rossi, Cristina (2020). Correction for fast pseudo-diffusive fluid motion contaminations in diffusion tensor imaging. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 66:50-56.

Abstract

In this prospective study, we quantified the fast pseudo-diffusion contamination by blood perfusion or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) intravoxel incoherent movements on the measurement of the diffusion tensor metrics in healthy brain tissue. Diffusion-weighted imaging (TR/TE = 4100 ms/90 ms; b-values: 0, 5, 10, 20, 35, 55, 80, 110, 150, 200, 300, 500, 750, 1000, 1300 s/mm2, 20 diffusion-encoding directions) was performed on a cohort of five healthy volunteers at 3 Tesla. The projections of the diffusion tensor along each diffusion-encoding direction were computed using a two b-value approach (2b), by fitting the signal to a monoexponential curve (mono), and by correcting for fast pseudo-diffusion compartments using the biexponential intravoxel incoherent motion model (IVIM) (bi). Fractional Anisotropy (FA) and Mean Diffusivity (MD) of the diffusion tensor were quantified in regions of interest drawn over white matter areas, gray matter areas, and the ventricles. A significant dependence of the MD from the evaluation method was found in all selected regions. A lower MD was computed when accounting for the fast-diffusion compartments. A larger dependence was found in the nucleus caudatus (bi: median 0.86 10-3 mm2/s, Δ2b: -11.2%, Δmono: -14.4%; p = 0.007), in the anterior horn (bi: median 2.04 10-3 mm2/s, Δ2b: -9.4%, Δmono: -11.5%, p = 0.007) and in the posterior horn of the lateral ventricles (bi: median 2.47 10-3 mm2/s, Δ2b: -5.5%, Δmono: -11.7%; p = 0.007). Also for the FA, the signal modeling affected the computation of the anisotropy metrics. The deviation depended on the evaluated region with significant differences mainly in the nucleus caudatus (bi: median 0.15, Δ2b: +39.3%, Δmono: +14.7%; p = 0.022) and putamen (bi: median 0.19, Δ2b: +3.1%, Δmono: +17.3%; p = 0.015). Fast pseudo-diffusive regimes locally affect diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) metrics in the brain. Here, we propose the use of an IVIM-based method for correction of signal contaminations through CSF or perfusion.

Abstract

In this prospective study, we quantified the fast pseudo-diffusion contamination by blood perfusion or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) intravoxel incoherent movements on the measurement of the diffusion tensor metrics in healthy brain tissue. Diffusion-weighted imaging (TR/TE = 4100 ms/90 ms; b-values: 0, 5, 10, 20, 35, 55, 80, 110, 150, 200, 300, 500, 750, 1000, 1300 s/mm2, 20 diffusion-encoding directions) was performed on a cohort of five healthy volunteers at 3 Tesla. The projections of the diffusion tensor along each diffusion-encoding direction were computed using a two b-value approach (2b), by fitting the signal to a monoexponential curve (mono), and by correcting for fast pseudo-diffusion compartments using the biexponential intravoxel incoherent motion model (IVIM) (bi). Fractional Anisotropy (FA) and Mean Diffusivity (MD) of the diffusion tensor were quantified in regions of interest drawn over white matter areas, gray matter areas, and the ventricles. A significant dependence of the MD from the evaluation method was found in all selected regions. A lower MD was computed when accounting for the fast-diffusion compartments. A larger dependence was found in the nucleus caudatus (bi: median 0.86 10-3 mm2/s, Δ2b: -11.2%, Δmono: -14.4%; p = 0.007), in the anterior horn (bi: median 2.04 10-3 mm2/s, Δ2b: -9.4%, Δmono: -11.5%, p = 0.007) and in the posterior horn of the lateral ventricles (bi: median 2.47 10-3 mm2/s, Δ2b: -5.5%, Δmono: -11.7%; p = 0.007). Also for the FA, the signal modeling affected the computation of the anisotropy metrics. The deviation depended on the evaluated region with significant differences mainly in the nucleus caudatus (bi: median 0.15, Δ2b: +39.3%, Δmono: +14.7%; p = 0.022) and putamen (bi: median 0.19, Δ2b: +3.1%, Δmono: +17.3%; p = 0.015). Fast pseudo-diffusive regimes locally affect diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) metrics in the brain. Here, we propose the use of an IVIM-based method for correction of signal contaminations through CSF or perfusion.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neuroradiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Biophysics
Physical Sciences > Biomedical Engineering
Health Sciences > Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
Uncontrolled Keywords:Biophysics, Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging, Biomedical Engineering
Language:English
Date:1 February 2020
Deposited On:01 Nov 2019 13:23
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:37
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0730-725X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mri.2019.09.009
PubMed ID:31655141

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