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Abstract #3385

On the regression of intracranial volume in Fixel-Based Analysis

Robert Elton Smith1,2, Thijs Dhollander1,2, and Alan Connelly1,2

1The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Heidelberg, Australia, 2The Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Australia

Fixel-Based Analysis (FBA) enables robust whole-brain statistical analysis of both microscopic and macroscopic white matter properties that is both sensitive and specific to crossing fibre geometry. Given the influence of macroscopic brain differences in such experiments, interest has been expressed in how best to account for variations in brain volume across participants. Here we demonstrate the effect of brain volume on FBA by synthetically modulating brain sizes within a healthy cohort and statistically testing FBA metrics with various regressions of estimated intracranial volume. We conclude with recommendations for regression of the influence of global brain size differences in FBA when desired.

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