Maxime Chamberland, David Fortin, Maxime Descoteaux, Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Lab
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The image is the result of fiber tractography from diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. It illustrates the white matter of the brain, or in other words, its structural connections. The red smooth surface represents a glioblastoma tumor. We can see the effect of repulsion and infiltration of this mass on the white matter fiber pathways. A distance colormap is used for interpretation. Blue fibers mean that they are located within a safe distance of the tumor whereas red fibers are in a close perimeter to the tumor, and can cause severe post-operation deficits, if resected.
Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuroscience, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Community, General public
This tractography image was made to help the neurosurgeon to choose the right approach for his neurosurgical planning. The surgery was at risk of damaging the visual field, as well as damaging complex sensory and visuospatial functions such as orientation in space, perception and motor functions.
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This entry had a great visual impact. It is able to turn a dramatic neurosurgerical case into a new form of scientific art. It has balance between the smoothness of the tumor and the fine details of each individual fibers.
By representing the complex human brain fiber bundles and offset surfaces for the cortex and tumor, almost everyone can tell that this is a brain. The colors are harmonious and speak of themselves.
The fact that this artistic image was actually made from real acquired data and not synthetic data is a novel thing.
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