By Claude Bajada & Ilona Lipp
Infographics: Roselyne Chauvine
Expert editors: Tommy Boshkovski, Nikola Stikov
Newbie editors: Alina Serbanescu, Adriana Oliveira, Andreia Meseiro
For the budding cerebronaut, the term diffusion MRI evokes images of fancy red, green or blue fibre coursing across the brain; pretty enough to find their way onto a musical album cover or to be the standard stock image for anyone giving a public communication lecture about the brain. While the pictures are appealing, the terminology associated with diffusion MRI is often confusing and hard to disentangle. Any PhD student about to embark on a diffusion MRI project has had to grapple with a sea of acronyms such as DTI, HARDI, FA, RD, ADC, CHARMED and many more! If you have ever got frustrated by these terms and how they relate, this “how-to” post is for you.