Introduction

A diffusion MRI analysis tool 
DSI Studio is an open-source diffusion MRI analysis tool that maps brain connections and correlates findings with neuropsychological disorders. It is a collective implementation of several methods, including DTI, QBI, DSI, generalized q-sampling imaging, q-space diffeomorphic reconstruction, diffusion MRI connectometry, and generalized deterministic fiber tracking. 

Why DSI Studio?
The deterministic fiber tracking method in DSI Studio has achieved the highest "valid connection" examined by an open competition (see the valid connection achieved by ID:03 at http://www.tractometer.org/ismrm_2015_challenge/resultsamong 96 methods submitted from 20 different research group around the world. 

The first 3 highest valid connection (VC) were all conducted in DSI Studio.

Submission IDVB / 25IBVC (%)IC (%)NC (%)Mean crossing angular
error (degrees)
3_3213192.497.510.0033.72
3_0212892.207.800.0033.50
3_2193189.1610.830.0133.97

DSI Studio has been applied to human and animal studies and facilitated many peer-review journal publications. In the year of 2016 alone, DSI Studio has facilitated 80 peer-reviewed journal publications (see Citations for details). The following figures are from these publications.


DSI Studio on Publications

DSI Studio tractography on the cover of "Nature Reviews Neurology" for the whole year of 2017. About the cover.

Fig. B has been adopted in Fornito A et al., Nat Rev Neurosci, 2015. 16(3): p. 159-72 (Box 1B), originally published in PLoS ONE 8(11): e80713. 2013.
    

   
PLoS ONE 8(11): e80713. 2013

Open source, open file format
DSI Studio is open source. The file format used in DSI Studio can be loaded/save from MATLAB, giving users the greatest flexibility to process the data. DSI Studio supports DICOM file format, Bruker 2dseq, and 4D NIFTI. It was designed to work with other popular tools such as FSL, TrackVis.


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