The effect of tissue heterogeneity and anisotropy on microdialysis of the deep brain
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Microdialysis of the basal ganglia was recently used to study changes of neurotransmitter levels in relation to deep brain stimulation (DBS). In order to estimate the anatomical origin of the microdialysis data, the maximum tissue volume of influence (TVImax) for a microdialysis catheter was simulated and visualized using the finite element method (FEM). In the current study the impact of brain heterogeneity and anisotropy on the TVImax was investigated, using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to create a second-order tensor model of the basal ganglia. The results were presented using descriptive statistics, indicating that the mean radius of the TVImax varied by up to 0.5 mm (n = 98444) for FEM simulations based on DTI compared to a homogeneous and isotropic reference model. The internal capsule and subthalamic area showed significantly higher anisotropy (p < 0.0001, n = 600) than the putamen and the globus pallidus, in accordance with theory. It was concluded that the size of the TVImax remained small enough to be relevant in relation to the anatomical structures of interest, and that local tissue properties should be accounted for when relating the microdialysis data to their anatomical targets.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84276DiVA: diva2:558431