Two technical challenges must be overcome before brain fiber tracking with diffusion-tensor magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can be applied to clinical practice: Imaging time must be shortened, and image distortion must be minimized. Single-shot echo-planar MR imaging with parallel imaging technique enabled both objectives to be accomplished. Twenty-three consecutive patients with brain tumors underwent MR imaging with a 1.5-T whole-body MR system. Fiber tracts on the lesion side in the brain had varying degrees of displacement or disruption as a result of the tumor. Tract disruption resulted from direct tumor involvement, compression on the tract, and vasogenic edema surrounding the tumor. This diffusion-tensor MR imaging method with the parallel imaging technique allows clinically feasible brain fiber tracking.
- Diffusion tensor
- Magnetic resonance (MR)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging