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Abstract #1262

Multilevel classification of Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment patients by using Diffusion Tensor Imaging data

Ranganatha Sitaram1, Josué Luiz Dalboni da Rocha2,3, Ivanei Bramati4, Gabriel Coutinho4, and Fernanda Tovar Moll4

1Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and Department of Psychiatry, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, 2Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States, 3University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States, 4Instituto D'Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The proposed novel approach is based on three levels of analyses of DTI data: 1) voxel level analysis of Fractional Anisotropy, 2) connection level based on fiber tracks between brain regions, and 3) network level based connections among multiple brain regions. This novel approach was applied to differentiate between AD, MCI and controls. We achieved accuracy of 93% between AD and controls, 90% between AD and MCI. Main discriminative areas were Hippocampal Cingulum and Parahippocampal Gyrus. The results suggest that our multilevel DTI analysis not only informs difference between brain conditions, but also shows strong potential as diagnostic tool.

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