DSI Studio

DSI Studio is a tractography software tool that maps brain connections and correlates findings with neuropsychological disorders. It is a collective implementation of several diffusion MRI methods, including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), generalized q-sampling imaging (GQI), q-space diffeomorphic reconstruction (QSDR), diffusion MRI connectometry, and generalized deterministic fiber tracking.

Availability and Restrictions

The following versions of DSI Studio are available on OSC clusters:

Version Pitzer
2.0 X
* Current default version

You can use  module spider dsi-studio to view available modules for a given machine. Feel free to contact OSC Help if you need other versions for your work.


DSI Studio is available to all OSC users. If you have any questions, please contact OSC Help.

Publisher/Vendor/Repository and License Type

DSI Studio is free and licensing information for both academic and non-academic licenses is available at the DSI Studio homepage.

Please refer to the citation page about how to acknowledge DSI Studio.


Usage on Pitzer


To configure your environment for use of DSI Studio, run the following command: module load dsi-studio. The default version will be loaded. To select a particular version, use module load dsi-studio/version. For example, use module load dsi-studio/2021.May to load DSI Studio 2.0. It is also recommended you use in conjunction with module load singularity.

DSI Studio is installed in a singularity container.  DSI_IMG environment variable contains the container image file path. So, an example usage would be

module load dsi-studio
singularity exec $DSI_IMG dsi_studio

This command will open the DSI Studio GUI environment, and we recommend Ondemand VDI or Desktop for GUI. 

For more information about singularity usages, please read OSC singularity page


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