Quantitative MRI characterization of brain abnormalities in de novo Parkinsonian patients

Verónica Muñoz Ramírez 1, 2 Florence Forbes 1 Julyan Arbel 1 Alexis Arnaud 1 Michel Dojat 2
1 MISTIS - Modelling and Inference of Complex and Structured Stochastic Systems
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LJK - Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, INPG - Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble
Abstract : Currently there is an important delay between the onset of Parkinson's disease and its diagnosis. The detection of changes in physical properties of brain structures may help to detect the disease earlier. In this work, we propose to take advantage of the informative features provided by quantitative MRI to construct statistical models representing healthy brain tissues. This allows us to detect atypical values for these features in the brain of Parkinsonian patients. We introduce mixture models to capture the non-standard shape of the data multivariate distribution. Promising preliminary results demonstrate the potential of our approach in discriminating patients from controls and revealing the subcortical structures the most impacted by the disease.
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Verónica Muñoz Ramírez, Florence Forbes, Julyan Arbel, Alexis Arnaud, Michel Dojat. Quantitative MRI characterization of brain abnormalities in de novo Parkinsonian patients. ISBI 2019 - IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, Apr 2019, Venice, Italy. pp.1-4. ⟨hal-01970682v2⟩

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