This image is the result of fiber tractography from diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It illustrates the white matter of the brain, or in other words, its structural connections. The red smooth surface represents a glioblastoma tumor. We can see the effect of repulsion and infiltration of this mass on the white matter fiber pathways. A distance colormap is used for interpretation. Blue fibers mean that they are located within a safe distance of the tumor whereas red fibers are in a close perimeter to the tumor, and can cause severe post-operation deficits, if resected.
This image won an honorable mention as well as a people's choice award in the category of illustration.
Maxime Chamberland, David Fortin, Maxime Descoteaux, Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Lab