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Abstract #3220

Realistic 3D Fiber Crossing Phantom Models for Monte Carlo Diffusion Simulations

Jonathan Rafael-Patino1, Gabriel Girard1, David Romascano1, Muhamed Barakovic1, Gaëtan Rensonnet2,3, Jean-Philippe Thiran1,4, and Alessandro Daducci1,4,5

1Signal Processing Lab (LTS5), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2ICTEAM Institute, Université catholique de Louvain., Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 3Signal Processing Lab (LTS5), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, Lausanne, Switzerland, 4Radiology Department, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 5Computer Science Department, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Monte-Carlo Diffusion Simulations has proved to be a powerful approach to study Diffusion-Weighted MRI; from generating ground-truth data, to study the diffusion process in complex media. However, a major problem with the current approaches is that they oversimplify the geometrical properties of the diffusion media. In this work we present a framework to create 3D meshes for realistic configurations that can be used for MCDS. The synthesized signals from this models can be used to study microstructure and tractography methods, which is of vital importance since novel methods require better ground-truth that mimics real tissue properties to avoid oversimplifications.

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