Correlation Analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data using FPGA hardware
Mnner R, Lienhart G, Kugel A, Gipp M, Gembris D
Universitt Mannheim, Universitt Mannheim
We are developing a medical explorative tool for the analysis of the functional brain connectivity, that will provide a high resolution correlation analysis for fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) data and visualization of the results. For the calculation, additional hardware based on FPGAs (field programmable gate array) will be used to speed up the computation, where we estimate an acceleration by a factor of at least 10 compared to an optimized (pure) software implementation. This tool will generate high resolution correlation map results, likely in real-time, that can map functional connectivity in more detail.