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Abstract #4424

Single-shell derived tissue signal fraction maps show increased contrast between hippocampal subfields compared to multi-shell analysis. 

Benjamin T Newman1,2, Thijs Dhollander3,4, and T. Jason Druzgal1,2
1Department of Radiology & Medical Imaging, Division of Neuroradiology, University of Virginia Health System, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States, 2Brain Institute, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States, 3The Florey Department of Neuroscience, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 4The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia

Recent advances in the analysis of diffusion MRI have allowed for the estimation of 3 tissue compartments in the brain from data with only a single non b=0 shell. There is currently no published quantitative comparison between signal fractions derived from either single- or multi-shell methods. Applying both single-shell analysis and multi-shell analysis to the same dataset shows high b-value single-shell analysis may increase contrast between different hippocampal subfields. While this effect may occur due to differences in microstructure between ROIs it should be a noted factor when applying either model and deserving of further study.

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