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Improve/Test multivolume preclinical MRI data import (DCE, DTI).

Key Investigators

Project Description

Multivolume DICOM data from Bruker preclinical MRI scanners (Paravision version 6) is incorrectly read into Slicer. Specifically, dynamic MRI DICOM frametime data and DTI gradient data needs to be fixed.

Objective

  1. Modify the multivolume importer to correctly display and represent preclinical DCE MRI DICOM data, or make a new module.
  2. Modify the DTI loader, or make a new module.
  3. Test import of other multivolume data, e.g. ASL and T1 mapping data - if there is a problem, fix it.

Approach and Plan

  1. Collect examples of preclinical data.
  2. The first correction for DCE is to make sure the frame time in DCE MRI is not merely copied from the ‘RepetitionTime’ field in the DICOM files. Instead, this should be multiplied by the number of phase encoding steps.
  3. As a prototype, implement a Matlab Bridge module “LoadBruker” that correctly loads all the various Bruker data sets.
  4. Implement the fixes in Python, either as one module for Bruker MRI data, or within the existing data loading modules, multivolumeimporter and DWIconvert.

Progress and Next Steps

Progress

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Illustrations

Original (incorrect) image

Bruker image correction module

Corrected image