This four-hour course will focus on the rapidly evolving art of diffusion tensor
imaging (DTI), highlighting the principles and practices of how and why DTI is performed.
Topics will include the theoretical background of proton diffusion, along with
practical methods of how to measure and analyze the diffusion tensor (currently the most
commonly used description of the diffusion process). The course will also include
exploration of methods which go behind the simple tensor-based model, such as q-space
imaging, diffusion spectrum imaging, and the multi-exponential and/or multi-compartmental
aspects of diffusion. It will also look into the current and future clinical
applications of DTI.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
| Describe how
and why the proton diffusion pathway in tissue can be explained by a tensor;
Explain how the tensor is
acquired, measured, and mapped;
Understanding the limitations of
such diffusion tensor imaging;
Describe more advanced diffusion
measurement techniques such as q-space and diffusion spectrum imaging;
Appreciate the multi-exponential
and/or multi-compartmental nature of diffusion;
List and describe important
clinical applications of DTI.