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2.  Tissue segmentation-assisted analysis of fMRI for human motor response: an approach combining artificial neural network and fuzzy C means  
Journal of Digital Imaging  2001;14(1):38-47.
The authors have developed an automated algorithm for segmentation of magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the human brain. They investigated the quantitative analysis of tissue-specific human motor response through an approach combining gradient echo functional MRI and automated segmentation analysis. Fifteen healthy volunteers, placed in a 1.5 T clinical MR imager, performed a self-paced finger opposition throughout the activation periods. T1-weighted images (WI), T2WI, and proton density WI were acquired for segmentation analysis. Single-slice axial T2* fast low-angle shot (FLASH) images were obtained during the functional study. Pixelwise cross-correlation analysis was performed to obtain an activation map. A cascaded algorithm, combining Kohonen feature maps and fuzzy C means, was applied for segmentation. After processing, masks for gray matter, white matter, small vessels, and large vessels were generated. Tissue-specific analysis showed a signal change rate of 4.53% in gray matter, 2.98% in white matter, 5.79% in small vessels, and 7.24% in large vessels. Different temporal patterns as well as different levels of activation were identified in the functional response from various types of tissue. High correlation exists between cortical gray matter and subcortical white matter (r = 0.957), while the vessel behaves somewhat different temporally. The cortical gray matter fits best to the assumed input function (r = 0.957) followed by subcortical white matter (r = 0.829) and vessels (r = 0.726). The automated algorithm of tissue-specific analysis thus can assist functional MRI studies with different modalities of response in different brain regions.
doi:10.1007/s10278-001-0023-y
PMCID: PMC3489199  PMID: 11310914

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