Diffusion MRI

Diffusion MRI : Theory, Methods, and Applications

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Since its initial development in the mid-1980's, and wide accessibility to perform diffusion MRI on all MRI scanners, the use of diffusion MRI has exploded. Nearly every MRI centre carries out diffusion MRI of some kind. Obtaining good quality diffusion MRI and making sound and robust inferences from the data is not trivial, however, and involves a long chain of events from ensuring that the hardware is performing optimally, the pulse sequence is carefully designed, the acquisition is optimal, the data quality is maximized while artifacts are minimized, the appropriate post-processing is used, and, where appropriate, the appropriate statistical testing is used, and the data are interpreted correctly. Professor Derek Jones, a world authority on diffusion MRI, has assembled most of the world's leading scientists and clinicians developing and applying diffusion MRI to produce an authorship list that reads like a "Who's Who" of the field and a definitive, didactic and essential reference volume for those working with diffusion MRI. Renowned for the clarity of his presentations, Prof Jones has worked closely with each author to ensure that the material is presented in the best possible and accessible manner. The book is aimed at those wishing to really understand where the diffusion signal comes from, and obtain a thorough grounding in the theory, methods and applications of diffusion MRI. The aim here is not to 'skim the surface' - but to dig deep into each topic - so that a thorough grounding is obtained. In assembling these topics (many of which have never previously appeared in a text book on the topic), Prof Jones carefully balances theoretical treatments with practical considerations. Destined to be a modern classic, this definitive and richly illustrated reference volume deserves a place on the bookshelf of all imaging centres.show more

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  • Hardback | 784 pages
  • 226.06 x 294.64 x 50.8mm | 2,676.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195369777
  • 9780195369779
  • 871,054

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"This is a truly comprehensive compilation of the science and application of these techniques in the study of brain. The book is organized into 8 sections from the physics and basics to the use of these approaches in the characterization of neurological and psychiatric disorders. There are sections on experimental considerations, analysis including fiber tracking and crossing fibers. There is also a section entitled 'Diffusion MRI Beyond White Matter' attesting to the great potential and future application of diffusion imaging and a final section that outlines the history of its evolution and personal perspectives of several pioneers. Although the book has almost 50 chapters between its covers there is little, if any, redundancy. This book is a tour de force on the topic of diffusion MRI and a must read for any student or investigator interested in this exciting and important imaging field." --Arthur W. Toga, PhD, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA "This remarkable compendium of 47 chapters written by the world experts provides the most comprehensive and the most detailed description of this novel and sophisticated method. There is something of interest for everyone: from theory to hardware; from physics to biology; from animal to human internal anatomy; from general medicine to specialized diseases; and, most importantly, from brain architecture underlying normal behavior to abnormalities in neurology and psychiatry, which have benefited enormously by the introduction of this method. It may sound as a cliche that it is a must, not only for imagers, specialists and researchers, but also for general practitioners, if they need and want to be informed." - Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD, Duberg Professor of Neurobiology and Neurology, Chairman, Department of Neurobiology, Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT and Editor-in-Chief of Cerebral Cortex"Onevshow more

About Derek K. Jones

Prof Derek Jones has worked in the field of diffusion MRI since 1995. He is considered a world leader making many respected contributions to the literature on all aspects of the diffusion pipeline from raw data acquisition through to clinical applications. He reported on one of the first ever applications of diffusion tensor imaging to study disease, the first ever attempt to map human brain connectivity using DT-MRI, and proposed what has become the industry standard approach to arranging gradient encoding vectors. He has twice served as Chairman of the Diffusion / Perfusion study group of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and is now Professor and Director of MRI at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC).show more

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