Automated Voxel-Wise Brain DTI Analysis of Fitness and Aging

Zhexing Liu
2012 Open Medical Imaging Journal  
Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) has become a widely used MR modality to investigate white matter integrity in the brain. This paper presents the application of an automated method for voxel-wise group comparisons of DTI images in a study of fitness and aging. The automated processing method consists of 3 steps: 1) preprocessing including image format converting, image quality control, eddy-current and motion artifact correction, skull stripping and tensor image estimation, 2) study-specific
more » ... study-specific unbiased DTI atlas computation via diffeomorphic fluid-based and demons deformable registration and 3) voxel-wise statistical analysis via heterogeneous linear regression and a wild bootstrap technique for correcting for multiple comparisons. Our results show that this fully automated method is suitable for voxel-wise group DTI analysis. Furthermore, in older adults, the results suggest a strong link between reduced fractional anisotropy (FA) values, fitness and aging.
doi:10.2174/1874347101206010080 fatcat:jzbxtsczrzhmbn6byucpcbustq