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Publication Detail
Simulation of local and global atrophy in Alzheimer's disease studies
  • Publication Type:
    Conference
  • Authors:
    Camara-Rey O, Schweiger M, Scahill RI, Crum WR, Schnabel JA, Hill DLG, Fox NC
  • Publication date:
    01/01/2006
  • Pagination:
    937, 945
  • Published proceedings:
    Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
  • Volume:
    4191 LNCS - II
  • ISBN-10:
    354044727X
  • ISBN-13:
    9783540447276
  • Status:
    Published
  • Print ISSN:
    0302-9743
Abstract
We propose a method for atrophy simulation in structural MR images based on finite-element methods, providing data for objective evaluation of atrophy measurement techniques. The modelling of diffuse global and regional atrophy is based on volumetric measurements from patients with known disease and guided by clinical knowledge of the relative pathological involvement of regions. The consequent biomechanical readjustment of structures is modelled using conventional physics-based techniques based on tissue properties and simulating plausible deformations with finite-element methods. Tissue characterization is performed by means of the meshing of a labelled brain atlas, creating a reference volumetric mesh, and a partial volume tissue model is used to reduce the impact of the mesh discretization. An example of simulated data is shown and a visual evaluation protocol used by experts has been developed to assess the degree of realism of the simulated images. First results demonstrate the potential of the proposed methodology. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006.
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