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Abstract #0396

Neptune: a toolbox for spinal cord functional MRI data processing and quality assurance

D Rangaprakash1 and Robert L Barry1,2
1Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 2Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States


Spinal cord fMRI data analysis involves niche pre- and post-processing steps due to the cord’s unique anatomy and higher distortions/physiological noise in fMRI data, requiring extensive and careful quality control (QC). However, there is paucity of open-source tools tailored to this need. Building upon 10 years of research and development, we present Neptune, a user-interface-based MATLAB toolbox. It can perform an array of tailored pre- and post-processing steps, including functional connectivity and statistics. It generates extensive QC plots and presents them to view in an elegant webpage format. We demonstrate the utility of Neptune on a 7T dataset.

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