Mapping postnatal mouse brain development with diffusion tensor microimaging.

TitleMapping postnatal mouse brain development with diffusion tensor microimaging.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsZhang J, Miller MI, Plachez C, Richards LJ, Yarowsky P, van Zijl P, Mori S
JournalNeuroImage
Volume26
Issue4
Pagination1042-51
Date Published2005 Jul 15
Abstract

While mouse brain development has been extensively studied using histology, quantitative characterization of morphological changes is still a challenging task. This paper presents how developing brain structures can be quantitatively characterized with magnetic resonance diffusion tensor microimaging coupled with techniques of computational anatomy. High resolution diffusion tensor images of ex vivo postnatal mouse brains provide excellent contrasts to reveal the evolutions of mouse forebrain structures. Using anatomical landmarks defined on diffusion tensor images, tissue level growth patterns of mouse brains were quantified. The results demonstrate the use of these techniques to three-dimensionally and quantitatively characterize brain growth.

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