Reliability of the corticospinal tract and arcuate fasciculus reconstructed with DTI-based tractography: Implications for clinical practice

G. Kristo, A. Leemans, B. de Gelder, M. Raemaekers, G.J. Rutten, N.F. Ramsey

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Abstract

Objectives
To assess the reliability of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)-based fibre tractography (FT), which is a prerequisite for clinical applications of this technique. Here we assess the test–retest reproducibility of the architectural and microstructural features of two clinically relevant tracts reconstructed with DTI-FT.
Methods
The corticospinal tract (CST), arcuate fasciculus (AF) and its long segment (AFl) were reconstructed in 17 healthy subjects imaged twice using a deterministic approach. Coefficients of variation (CVs) of diffusion-derived tract values were used to assess the microstructural reproducibility. Spatial correlation and fibre overlap were used to assess the architectural reproducibility.
Results
Spatial correlation was 68 % for the CST and AF, and 69 % for the AFl. Overlap was 69 % for the CST, 61 % for the AF, and 59 % for the AFl. This was comparable to 2-mm tract shift variability. CVs of diffusion-derived tract values were at most 3.4 %.
Conclusions
The results showed low architectural and microstructural variability for the reconstruction of the tracts. The architectural reproducibility results encourage the further investigation of the use of DTI-FT for neurosurgical planning. The high microstructural reproducibility results are promising for using DTI-FT in neurology to assess or predict functional recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-36
JournalEuropean Radiology
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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