A geometry-based particle filtering approach to white matter tractography

Savadjiev P, Rathi Y, Malcolm JG, Shenton ME, Westin CF

Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv 2010;13(Pt 2):233-40

PMID: 20879320


We introduce a fibre tractography framework based on a particle filter which estimates a local geometrical model of the underlying white matter tract, formulated as a ‘streamline flow’ using generalized helicoids. The method is not dependent on the diffusion model, and is applicable to diffusion tensor (DT) data as well as to high angular resolution reconstructions. The geometrical model allows for a robust inference of local tract geometry, which, in the context of the causal filter estimation, guides tractography through regions with partial volume effects. We validate the method on synthetic data and present results on two types in vivo data: diffusion tensors and a spherical harmonic reconstruction of the fibre orientation distribution function (fODF).