Statistical Analysis of Structural Brain Connectivity

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Statistical Analysis of Structural Brain Connectivity
Abstract. We present a framework for statistical analysis in large cohorts of structural brain connectivity, derived from diffusion weighted MRI. A brain network is defined between subcortical gray matter structures and a cortical parcellation obtained with FreeSurfer. Connectivity is established through minimum cost paths with an anisotropic local cost function and is quantified per connection. The connectivity network potentially encodes important information about brain structure, and can be analyzed using multivariate regression methods. The proposed framework can be used to study the relation between connectivity and e.g. brain function or neurodegenerative disease. As a proof of principle, we perform principal component regression in order to predict age and gender, based on the connectivity networks of 979 middle-aged and elderly subjects, in a 10-fold cross-validation. The results are compared to predictions based on fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity averaged over ...
Renske de Boer, Michiel Schaap, Fedde van der Lijn
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Authors Renske de Boer, Michiel Schaap, Fedde van der Lijn, Henri A. Vrooman, Marius de Groot, Meike W. Vernooij, M. Arfan Ikram, Evert F. S. van Velsen, Aad van der Lugt, Monique M. B. Breteler
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