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DTI and HARDI analysis tools

The non-linear DTI registration plugin.
Example of non-linear DTI registration: Row 1 is the template and row 2 is the average of 10 brains after deformable registration.

Key Investigators

  • Ragini Verma, SBIA, UPenn <>
  • Christos Davatzikos <>
  • Yang Li <> (DTI integration)
  • Luke Bloy <> (HARDI integration)
  • Jinzhong Yang
  • Dinggang Shen
  • Carl-Fredrik Westin, BWH
  • Luis Ibanez, Slicer
  • Steve Pieper, Slicer


To incorporate into Slicer, processing and analysis methods for DTI and HARDI being developed at the Section of Biomedical Image Analysis (SBIA), UPenn [1]. The main components will be plugins for DTI registration and manifold-based statistics followed by methods for HARDI registration and statistics.

Approach, Plan

  • DTI registration: has been developed in SBIA over a period of 2 years, mainly using in-house code (not in ITK). This will be incorporated as a plugin.
  • DTI Statistics: SPM-like package for statistics on the full tensor. The proposed format is again a plugin as it is based on code already existing in SBIA in C, C++.
  • HARDI registration: This is being developed in ITK, building on HARDI representation format currently under development
  • HARDI statistics: being developed in ITK


  • DTI Registration: plugin is ready and was demonstrated

Two step process:

1. Executable will be provided immediately (in discussion with : Steve Pieper)

2. Source code will be checked in after some licensing issues (as it involves some legacy code) are resolved (in discussion with : Luis Ibanez)

  • Tensor Demons registration code was found from Slicer 2.6

1. Luis Ibanez will be looking at reviving it in discussion with C-F Westin.

2. We will help from our end if recoding is necessary.

  • ODF estimation code is ready and will be checked into Namic Sandbox after preliminary testing. This will hopefully serve as the backend to Demian Wasserman's visulaization.


This work was supported in part by NIH grants R01-MH-079938 and R01-MH-070365.