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The trade-off between signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and spatial specificity governs the choice of spatial resolution in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI is no exception. Images of lower resolution have higher signal to noise ratio, but also more partial volume artifacts. We present a data-fusion approach for tackling this trade-off by combining DW MRI data acquired both at high and low spatial resolution. We combine all data into a single Bayesian model to estimate the underlying fiber patterns and diffusion parameters. The proposed model, therefore, combines the benefits of each acquisition. We show that fiber crossings at the highest spatial resolution can be inferred more robustly and accurately using such a model compared to a simpler model that operates only on high-resolution data, when both approaches are matched for acquisition time.

Original publication

DOI

10.1109/TMI.2012.2231873

Type

Journal article

Journal

IEEE Trans Med Imaging

Publication Date

06/2013

Volume

32

Pages

969 - 982

Keywords

Bayes Theorem, Brain Mapping, Computer Simulation, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Humans, Models, Neurological, Phantoms, Imaging, Signal-To-Noise Ratio