Diffusion-weighted and diffusion tensor imaging of the brain, made easy

T. A G M Huisman

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Diffusion-weighted and diffusion tensor imaging (DWI/DTI) has revolutionized clinical neuroimaging. Pathology may be detected earlier and with greater specificity than with conventional magnetic resonance imaging sequences. In addition, DWI/DTI allows exploring the microarchitecture of the brain. A detailed knowledge of the basics of DWI/ DTI is mandatory to better understand pathology encountered and to avoid misinterpretation of typical DWI/DTI artifacts. This article reviews the basic physics of DWI/DTI exemplified by several classical clinical cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCancer Imaging
Issue numberSPEC. ISS. A
StatePublished - 2010


  • Apparent diffusion coefficient
  • Cytotoxic edema
  • Diffusion tensor imaging
  • Diffusion-weighted imaging
  • Fractional anisotropy
  • Vasogenic edema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • General Medicine


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