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Spatial analysis of diffusion tensor tractography statistics along the inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus with application in progressive supranuclear palsy

  • Johanna Mårtensson
  • Markus Nilsson
  • Freddy Ståhlberg
  • Pia Sundgren
  • Christer Nilsson
  • Danielle van Westen
  • Elna-Marie Larsson
  • Jimmy Lätt
Publishing year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 527-537
Publication/Series: Magma
Volume: 26
Issue: 6
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

The purpose of the study was to develop a method for analysis of diffusion parameters along white matter (WM) tracts, using spatial normalization based on anatomical landmarks, and to introduce the apparent area coefficient (AAC). The method's applicability was tested in the inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus (IFO) in patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and healthy controls (HCs). A framework for analysis of diffusion parameters was developed. Spatial normalization of the tracts was performed using anatomical landmarks, to avoid deformations caused by cerebral atrophy. Initially, 38 HCs were used to optimize a threshold for the minimal size of regions that differ between groups. The fractional anisotropy, mean diffusivity, AAC, and the hemispheric asymmetry index (AI), were compared between 11 PSP patients and 15 HCs. The method was feasible for analysis of PSP patients and HCs. The AI showed that the observed hemispheric asymmetry of AAC was significantly larger in PSP patients compared with HCs in small regions of the IFO. The method was successfully employed for analysis of diffusion parameters along the IFO in a patient group. This method can be potentially useful in studies of WM diseases, with or without cerebral atrophy.


  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
  • DTI
  • Tractography
  • Inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus
  • PSP


  • ISSN: 1352-8661
Freddy Ståhlberg
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