Magic angle effect on diffusion tensor imaging in ligament and brain.

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PURPOSE: To evaluate the magic angle effect on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measurements in rat ligaments and mouse brains. METHODS: Three rat knee joints and three mouse brains were scanned at 9.4 T using a modified 3D diffusion-weighted spin echo pulse sequence with the isotropic spatial resolution of 45 μm. The b value was 1000 s/mm2 for rat knee and 4000 s/mm2 for mouse brain. DTI model was used to investigate the quantitative metrics at different orientations with respect to the main magnetic field. The collagen fiber structure of the ligament was validated with polarized light microscopy (PLM) imaging. RESULTS: The signal intensity, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and DTI metrics in the ligament were strongly dependent on the collagen fiber orientation with respect to the main magnetic field from both simulation and actual MRI scans. The variation of fractional anisotropy (FA) was about ~32%, and the variation of mean diffusivity (MD) was ~11%. These findings were further validated with the numerical simulation at different SNRs (~10.0 to 86.0). Compared to the ligament, the DTI metrics showed little orientation dependence in mouse brains. CONCLUSION: Magic angle effect plays an important role in DTI measurements in the highly ordered collagen-rich tissues, while MD showed less orientation dependence than FA.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, N; Wen, Q; Maharjan, S; Mirando, AJ; Qi, Y; Hilton, MJ; Spritzer, CE

Published Date

  • October 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 92 /

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 250

PubMed ID

  • 35777687

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-5894

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.mri.2022.06.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands