Localized diffusion magnetic resonance micro-imaging of the live mouse brain

Dan Wu, Dominik Reisinger, Jiadi Xu, S. Ali Fatemi, Peter C.M. van Zijl, Susumu Mori, Jiangyang Zhang

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High-resolution diffusion MRI (dMRI) is useful for resolving complex microstructures in the mouse brain, but technically challenging for in vivo studies due to the long scan time. In this study, selective excitation and a three-dimensional fast imaging sequence were used to achieve in vivo high-resolution dMRI of the mouse brain at 11.7. Tesla. By reducing the field of view using spatially selective radio frequency pulses, we were able to focus on targeted brain structures and acquire high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) data at an isotropic resolution of 0.1. mm and 30 diffusion encoding directions in approximately 1. h. We investigated the complex tissue microstructures of the mouse hippocampus, cerebellum, and several cortical areas using this localized dMRI approach, and compared the results with histological sections stained with several axonal and dendritic markers. In the mouse visual cortex, the results showed predominately radially arranged structures in an outer layer and tangentially arranged structures in an inner layer, similar to observations from postmortem human brain specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-20
Number of pages9
StatePublished - May 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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