High b-value apparent diffusion-weighted images from CURVE-ball DTI.


Peled S, Whalen S, Jolesz FA, Golby AJ. High b-value apparent diffusion-weighted images from CURVE-ball DTI. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009;30 (1) :243-8. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/y3mpge2n

Date Published:

2009 Jul


PURPOSE: To investigate the utility of a proposed clinical diffusion imaging scheme for rapidly generating multiple b-value diffusion contrast in brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our strategy for efficient image acquisition relies on the invariance property of the diffusion tensor eigenvectors to b-value. A simple addition to the conventional diffusion tensor MR imaging (DTI) data acquisition scheme used for tractography yields diffusion-weighted images at twice and three times the conventional b-value. An example from a neurosurgical brain tumor is shown. Apparent diffusion-weighted (ADW) images were calculated for b-values 800, 1600, and 2400 s/mm(2), and a map of excess diffusive kurtosis was computed from the three ADWs. RESULTS: High b-value ADW images demonstrated decreased contrast between normal gray and white matter, while the heterogeneity and contrast of the lesion was emphasized relative to conventional b-value data. Kurtosis maps indicated the deviation from Gaussian diffusive behavior. CONCLUSION: DTI data with multiple b-values and good SNR can be acquired in clinically reasonable times. High b-value ADW images show increased contrast and add information to conventional DWI. Ambiguity in conventional b-value images over whether hyperintense signal results from abnormally low diffusion, or abnormally long T(2), is better resolved in high b-value images.