2009 Winter Project Week StochasticTractography
- BWH: Marek Kubicki, Julien de Siebenthal
Stochastic Tractography module has the ultimate goal to offer an estimation of the probability of white matter connection between two regions of the brain. For that, connectivity map is the fundamental output of the current algorythm implementation. It reveals given two regions the distribution of probability of connection per voxel.
A complete pipeline implementation was forseen in order to give to the researcher the best access to the different features Stochastic Tractography can offer. Based on the MatLAB implementation and constantly compared to it, a Python integration was devised. It offers as a proof of concept the possibility to directly prototype an algorithm with direct integration into the Slicer solution without using MatLAB. This should alleviate issues related to code translation from MatLAB to Slicer.
The pipeline is implemented and functional. First test series show accurate adequacy between MatLAB and Python numerical computations of the Stochastic Tractography algorythm. We would like during NAMIC integrate already existing Python wrapping of the Rician and Eddy current correction filters. An ideal wrapping solution for Slicer is indeed still to be defined. Moreover, we would like also during NAMIC to find out an EPI correction filter or if needed prototype a new one.
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- Friman, O., Farneback, G., Westin CF. A Bayesian Approach for Stochastic White Matter Tractography. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol 25, No. 8, Aug. 2006
- Shenton, M.E., Ngo, T., Rosenberger, G., Westin, C.F., Levitt, J.J., McCarley, R.W., Kubicki, M. Study of Thalamo-Cortical White Matter Fiber Tract Projections in Schizophrenia Using Diffusion Stochastic Tractography. Poster presented at the 46th Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Boca Raton, FL, December 2007.