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Detection of resting-state brain activity in magnetic resonance images through wavelet feature cluster analysis

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3 Author(s)
Verdoolaege, G. ; Dept. of Appl. Phys., Ghent Univ., Ghent, Belgium ; Vlerick, L. ; Achten, E.

Magnetic resonance imaging studies of the resting brain have recently revealed the existence of low-frequency fluctuations of the cerebral hemodynamics. It has been suggested that these fluctuations are linked to baseline neural activity, organized in functional networks. This paper presents a novel method for the detection of these resting-state networks from blood-oxygen level dependent signals, through their wavelet representation in the appropriate frequency range. A valley-seeking clustering principle is employed, requiring no a priori knowledge of the number of functional networks. The technique is applied to a data set acquired at rest and is shown to retrieve a number of identifiable functional networks. The method is proposed as an alternative to e.g. independent component analysis and exhibits an enhanced network separation capability and stability against noise.

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Image Processing (ICIP), 2011 18th IEEE International Conference on

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11-14 Sept. 2011