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Abstract #3369

Exploring Local White Matter Geometric Structure in diffusion MRI Using Director Field Analysis

Jian Cheng1 and Peter J. Basser1

1National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States

In this abstract, inspired by microscopic theoretical treatment of phases in liquid crystals1, we introduce a novel mathematical framework, called Director Field Analysis (DFA), to study local geometric structural information of white matter. DFA extracts some meaningful scalar indices related with the degree of orientational alignment, dispersion, and orientational distortion, from the Orientation Distribution Function (ODF) field reconstructed by Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) or High Angular Resolution Diffusion Imaging (HARDI).

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