# Background

contributed by David Clunie; followup on April 30, 2015 QIICR bi-weekly meeting; data uploaded to http://goo.gl/xb1IjG

# Comments on the availability of enhanced multiframe DWI datasets

One publicly available example is at:

Look in Series 801; there is a DWI with B values of 0 and

I.e., each frame has an

(0x0018,0x9117) MRDiffusionSequence


with either:

(0x0018,0x9087) DiffusionBValue = 0
(0x0018,0x9075) DiffusionDirectionality = NONE


or

(0x0018,0x9087) DiffusionBValue = 1000
(0x0018,0x9075) DiffusionDirectionality = ISOTROPIC


Note also that the type of (inherent) contrast is specified too; in the:

(0x0018,0x9226) MRImageFrameTypeSequence


you will find:

(0x0008,0x9209) AcquisitionContrast = DIFFUSION


Another publicly available set of samples can be found at:

but these are less useful as a reference since: – the Philips images do not contain useful pixel data – the Hitachi images have a lot of issues with respect to the functional group encoding (try validating them), but do have pixel data

I also have some of Philips diffusion images that have directionality encoded; these are from an IHE test set, are are of a phantom, so are not restricted in their use, but I don’t think there is a public URL for them. Anyway, you can get them from:

The image with the directionality contains for the non B0 frames, in

(0x0018,0x9117) MRDiffusionSequence


the attributes:

(0x0018,0x9087) DiffusionBValue = 800
(0x0018,0x9075) DiffusionDirectionality = DIRECTIONAL


and in turn DiffusionGradientDirectionSequence contains:

(0x0018,0x9089) DiffusionGradientOrientation = -1\0\0


or

(0x0018,0x9089) DiffusionGradientOrientation = 0\-1\0


or

(0x0018,0x9089) DiffusionGradientOrientation = 0\0\1


PS. You can find the corresponding “singe frame” (“legacy”) style images for the first case at: