Diffusion MRI: Theory, Methods, and Applications

ISBN : 9780195369779

Derek K. Jones
784 Pages
224 x 287 mm
Pub date
Jan 2011
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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.

About the author: 

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).

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