MRtrix3 provides a comprehensive set of tools to perform diffusion-weighted MRI white matter tractography in the presence of crossing fibres, using spherical deconvolution, and a probabilistic streamlines algorithm.

Attendees will first learn the basics of diffusion MRI, spherical deconvolution and fiber tractography. They will also be introduced to the recently introduced multi-tissue spherical deconvolution approach. Next, the MRtrix3 software package will be introduced. An interactive demonstration will be given using a data set provided by the organizers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore their own data sets with help of the organizers.



Dr. Jacques-Donald Tournier (Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, King’s College London) – architect and lead developer of MRtrix3

Dr. Ben Jeurissen (Vision Lab, Dept. of Physics, University of Antwerp) – contributor of MRtrix3


Target audience

This course is aimed at neuroscience researchers new to the MRtrix3 toolbox (no previous experience required) and want to learn how to process their diffusion MRI data using MRtrix3. Attendees are invited to bring their own laptop and data sets. The course is primarily aimed at researchers from Belgian research institutes (and will only be advertised there).


Preparatory reading

We strongly recommend that people with no previous experience of UNIX read at least the first 5 sections of A Basic UNIX Tutorial. In particular you should know how to navigate and manipulate the filesystem and run basic shell commands.


Final program

23 September 2015


09.15-­09.30: Welcome

09.30­-10.30: Basic concepts of diffusion MRI, spherical deconvolution and fiber tractography – Ben Jeurissen

10.30­-10.45: Break

10.45­-11.45: Introduction to MRtrix3 – Jacques­-Donald Tournier

11.45­-12.00: Q&A

12.00­-13.00: Lunch

13.00­-14.30: Interactive demonstration on provided data­ set – Jacques­-Donald Tournier

14.30­-14.45: Break

14.45­-16.45: Playing with your own data sets or further exploring the provided data set – Jacques­-Donald Tournier & Ben Jeurissen

16.45­-17.00: Q&A



A fee of 50 euro (lunch included) will be charged to cover for the expenses.