Implementation of diffusion tensor imaging in identifying white matter alterations in DCD

Takeaway

  • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) may help to identify alternations in white matter that may contribute to developmental coordination disorder (DCD).

Why this matters

  • DCD affects approximately 5–6% of children and manifests as difficulty in learning motor skills and performing everyday motor-related activities. Without treatment, these symptoms can persist into adulthood and cause secondary physical and psychological health concerns.

  • One hypothesis suggests that DCD is caused by altered white matter development of brain pathways associated with motor and sensorimotor processing; in implementing DTI, this study may provide further support for this hypothesis.