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Magn Reson Imaging. 2002 Apr;20(3):243-7.

In vivo diffusion tensor imaging of rat spinal cord at 7 T.

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Department of Radiology, University of Texas at Houston Medical School, 6431 Fannin, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.


In vivo diffusion tensor imaging of normal rat spinal cord was performed using a multi-segmented, blipped EPI sequence at 7 T field strength. At high diffusion weighting, the signal exhibited a non-monoexponential decay that was fitted to a biexponential function, associated with the fast and slow components of diffusion in the cord tissue, using a nonlinear regression analysis along with a constrained optimization procedure. From the measured tensors, the eigenvalues and the maps of invariant scalar measures (fractional anisotropy, relative anisotropy, volume ratio, and trace) were calculated and analyzed statistically. The results were combined to quantitatively characterize the anisotropic properties of the fast and slow diffusions in white- and gray matter of live spinal cords.

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