Characterizing Intra-soma Diffusion with Spherical Mean Spectrum Imaging

Khoi Minh Huynh, Ye Wu, Kim Han Thung, Sahar Ahmad, Hoyt Patrick Taylor IV, Dinggang Shen, Pew Thian Yap

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Most brain microstructure models are dedicated to the quantification of white matter microstructure, using for example sticks, cylinders, and zeppelins to model intra- and extra-axonal environments. Gray matter presents unique micro-architecture with cell bodies (somas) exhibiting diffusion characteristics that differ from axons in white matter. In this paper, we introduce a method to quantify soma microstructure, giving measures such as volume fraction, diffusivity, and kurtosis. Our method captures a spectrum of diffusion patterns and scales and does not rely on restrictive model assumptions. We show that our method yields unique and meaningful contrasts that are in agreement with histological data. We demonstrate its application in the mapping of the distinct spatial patterns of soma density in the cortex.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2020 - 23rd International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsAnne L. Martel, Purang Abolmaesumi, Danail Stoyanov, Diana Mateus, Maria A. Zuluaga, S. Kevin Zhou, Daniel Racoceanu, Leo Joskowicz
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030597276
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2020 - Lima, Peru
Duration: 2020 Oct 42020 Oct 8

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12267 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference23rd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by NIH grants (NS093842 and EB022880).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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