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ENTROPY BASED DTI QUALITY CONTROL VIA REGIONAL ORIENTATION DISTRIBUTION.

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Dept Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US.

Abstract

Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) has received increasing attention in the neuroimaging community. However, the complex Diffusion Weighted Images (DWI) acquisition protocol are prone to artifacts induced by motion and low signal-to-noise rations(SNRs). A rigorous quality control (QC) and error correction procedure is absolutely necessary for DTI data analysis. Most existing QC procedures are conducted in the DWI domain and/or on a voxel level, but our own experiments show that these methods often do not fully detect and eliminate certain types of artifacts. We propose a new regional, alignment-independent DTI-QC measure that is based in the DTI domain employing the entropy of the regional distribution of the principal directions. This new QC measurement is intended to complement the existing set of QC procedures by detecting and correcting residual artifacts. Experiments show that our automatic method can reliably detect and potentially correct such residual artifacts. The results indicate its usefulness for general quality assessment in DTI studies.

PMID:
23595508
PMCID:
PMC3625986
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