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Fuzzy Region Growing of fMRI Activation Areas
Author(s): Rodrigo A. Vivanco; Nicolino J. Pizzi
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Paper Abstract

Conventional analysis of fMRI responses in neuroimaging experiments is typically voxel-wise, i.e. independent of spatial neighbourhood information. However, valid responses are likely to be spatially clustered and connected in 3D space. Identifying spatial relations is commonly considered a pre-processing step, isotropic Gaussian filtering for noise reduction for example. Current post-processing methods consider spatial information but not temporal information; once an activation map is obtained, voxels that do not have a sufficient number of spatial neighbors are simply removed. This paper describes how we have successfully incorporated fuzzy region growing into EvIdent®, an fMRI data analysis application. The method uses spatial-temporal information to enhance spatially connected temporally related activation regions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5032, Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing, (15 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480176
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Rodrigo A. Vivanco, Institute for Biodiagnostics, NRC (Canada)
Nicolino J. Pizzi, Institute for Biodiagnostics, NRC (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5032:
Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Editor(s)

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