3D histological reconstruction of fiber tracts and direct comparison with diffusion tensor MRI tractography.

Citation:

Dauguet J, Peled S, Berezovskii V, Delzescaux T, Warfield SK, Born R, Westin C-F. 3D histological reconstruction of fiber tracts and direct comparison with diffusion tensor MRI tractography. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2006;9 (Pt 1) :109-16. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/yy5klpzf

Date Published:

2006

Abstract:

A classical neural tract tracer, WGA-HRP, was injected at multiple sites within the brain of a macaque monkey. Histological sections of the labeled fiber tracts were reconstructed in 3D, and the fibers were segmented and registered with the anatomical post-mortem MRI from the same animal. Fiber tracing along the same pathways was performed on the DTI data using a classical diffusion tracing technique. The fibers derived from the DTI were compared with those segmented from the histology in order to evaluate the performance of DTI fiber tracing. While there was generally good agreement between the two methods, our results reveal certain limitations of DTI tractography, particularly at regions of fiber tract crossing or bifurcation.