Arturo Crdenas-Blanco1,2, Harrison Westwick1,2, Kareem Andre Moran3, Eve Chung Tsai2,4
1Division of Neuroscience, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 2University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 3Medical School, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 4Neurosurgery, Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
During the last years, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) has become the preferred tool to analyze white matter properties in spinal cord by depicting qualitatively its response to the presence of pathological lesions. In this abstract a new approach to quantitatively assess spinal cord tissue is proposed. This approach is based in the measurement of Radial Fractional Anisotropy Mean (RFAM) and Angular Fractional Anisotropy Mean (AFAM) values which depict the changes in fractional anisotropy mean values as a function of the distance from the centre of the spinal cord and the angle respectively.