Advances in the Visualization and the Study of the Pyramidal Tract with Magnetic Resonance Tractography

  • Katrin Muradas MujikaEmail author
  • Juan Antonio Juanes Méndez
  • Andrés Framiñan de Miguel
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  1. Technological Innovations in Biomedical Training and Practice (TEEM 2018)


Over the last several years, specific radiological techniques have been used for the analysis of the central nervous system pathways. They involve a magnetic resonance sequence called diffusion tensor imaging. In order to process the data provided by this sequence it is necessary to use software that can post-process the image and render three-dimensional images of the central nervous system pathways. Thanks to this sequence it has been possible to isolate over the years many nerve pathways that cross the brain tissue, particularly those which occupy a significant space. This sequence could have a large variety of uses, such as helping with the study of brain anatomy, assisting with surgery planning, or establishing a relationship between the nerve fibers and tumoral lesions. However, there has been an increasing number of cases that report a low reliability related to the tractographic representation of this technique. Our goal with this article is to analyse a specific nerve pathway, the piramidal tract, in order to assess the coherence between the images obtained and the anatomy that is already known from the perspective of the radiological image, and to compare this tract between different patients.


Tractography Pyramidal tract 3D imaging Imaging analysis Limitations 


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Conflict of interest

Katrin Muradas Mujika declares that she has no conflict of interest. Juan Antonio Juanes Méndez declares that he has no conflict of interest. Andrés Framiñán de Miguel declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katrin Muradas Mujika
    • 1
    Email author
  • Juan Antonio Juanes Méndez
    • 2
  • Andrés Framiñan de Miguel
    • 1
  1. 1.University Healthcare Complex of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  2. 2.School of Medicine University of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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