A simple and fast technique for on-line fMRI data analysis

Stefano Salvador, Andrea Brovelli, Renata Longo
2002 Magnetic Resonance Imaging  
In the present work a simple technique for fMRI data analysis is presented. Artifacts due to random and stimulus-correlated motions are corrected without image registration procedures. The first step of our procedure is the calculation of the raw activation map by correlation analysis. The task related motion artifacts arise at the tissue interfaces, including vessels: when image intensity gradient is calculated the high values correspond to interface regions. To eliminate stimulus-correlated
more » ... tion artifacts the intensity gradient image, obtained from the fMRI data set, is compared to the raw activation map. Since small random motions decrease the value of the correlation coefficient (R) of the external pixels of the activation areas, in the last step of our analysis procedures the clusters are extended to connected pixels having R values smaller than the defined threshold. Each cluster is expanded until the R value of the cluster average intensity is kept constant. The procedure has been tested with both GRE and EPI studies. The presented approach is a fast and robust technique useful for preliminary or on-line analysis of fMRI data.
doi:10.1016/s0730-725x(02)00465-4 pmid:12034342 fatcat:2wlwiffcjvhrxm3hkgx7e7unya