DTI Visualization at Stanford

News flashes

November 30, 2007 - CINCH 1.0 Beta released! See the software page for details.

November 30, 2007 - DTI-Query 1.1 released! View the README file for a list of changes. (Note that you will have to recompute pathways; the pathway format has changed slightly.)

March 13, 2007 - DTI-Query 1.1 (BETA) released!


Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) is a magnetic resonance imaging method that can be used to measure local information about the structure of white matter pathways within the human brain. Combining DTI data with the computational methods of MR tractography, neuroscientists can estimate the locations and sizes of nerve bundles (white matter pathways) that course through the human brain.

By developing interactive software tools that facilitate the scientific discovery process, our group hopes to gain new insights into the structure of the brain. We have been taking a problem-solving approach, starting with the questions that neuroscientists pose and asking how we can design software to test hypotheses and suggest possible answers.


See the software page for information on DTI-Query and CINCH, the two software packages we have released publicly.


David Akers, "CINCH: A Cooperatively Designed Marking Interface for 3D Pathway Selection" Proceedings of UIST 2006, Montreux, Switzerland, pp. 33-42, 2006.

Anthony Sherbondy, David Akers, Rachel Mackenzie, Robert Dougherty, and Brian Wandell, "Exploring Connectivity of the Brain's White Matter with Dynamic Queries." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Volume 11, Issue 4 (July 2005) pp. 419-430, 2005.

David Akers, Anthony Sherbondy, Rachel Mackenzie, Robert Dougherty, and Brian Wandell, "Exploration of the Brain's White Matter Pathways with Dynamic Queries." Proceedings of IEEE Visualization 2004, pp. 377-384, 2004.


The project has been an interdisciplinary collaboration between many groups at Stanford. Here is a list of people who have so far contributed to our work:

Copyright 2004, 2005 David Akers, Tony Sherbondy
Last update: August 25, 2005 01:03:08 PM
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