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Abstract #0471

Correcting motion registration errors caused by global intensity changes during CVR and CBF measurements.

Ryan Beckerleg1, Joseph Whittaker1, Daniel Gallichan2, and Kevin Murphy1
1CUBRIC, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 2CUBRIC, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Motion correction is an important preprocessing step in fMRI research1. Motion artefacts not only affect image quality but can lead to erroneous results which are normally corrected using a volume registration algorithm (VRA). Here we demonstrate that when global intensity changes are present in the data (e.g., caused by a CO2 challenge during measurement of cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) or by ASL tagging), the VRA misinterprets such intensity changes as motion. We compare the motion derived from the VRA with motion parameters derived from an external optical tracking system to determine the extent of the problem.

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