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Neuronal fiber connections based on A*-pathfinding
Author(s): D. Merhof; F. Enders; P. Hastreiter; O. Ganslandt; R. Fahlbusch; C. Nimsky; M. Stamminger
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Paper Abstract

Diffusion tensor imaging has shown potential in providing information about the location of white matter tracts within the human brain. Based on this data, a novel approach is presented establishing connectivity between functional regions using pathfinding. The probability distribution function of the local tensor thereby controls the state space search performed by pathfinding. Additionally, it serves as an indicator for the reliability of the computed paths visualized by color encoding. Besides the capability to handle noisy data, the probabilistic nature of the approach is also able to cope with crossing or branching fibers. The algorithm thus guarantees to establish a connection between cortical regions and on the same hand provides information about the probability of the obtained connection. This approach is especially useful for investigating the connectivity between certain centers of the brain as demonstrated by reconstructed connections between motor and sensory speech areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6143, Medical Imaging 2006: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images, 61431S (13 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.642324
Show Author Affiliations
D. Merhof, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
F. Enders, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
P. Hastreiter, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
O. Ganslandt, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
R. Fahlbusch, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
C. Nimsky, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
M. Stamminger, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6143:
Medical Imaging 2006: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images
Armando Manduca; Amir A. Amini, Editor(s)

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