Journal article

A template-based procedure for determining white matter integrity in the internal capsule early after stroke

Matthew A Petoe, Winston D Byblow, Esther JM de Vries, Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, Cathy S Zhong, P Alan Barber, Cathy M Stinear



The integrity of descending white matter pathways, measured by fractional anisotropy from DW-MRI, is a key prognostic indicator of motor recovery after stroke. Barriers to translation of fractional anisotropy measures into routine clinical practice include the time required for manually delineating volumes of interest (VOIs), and inter-examiner variability in this process. This study investigated whether registering and then editing template volumes of interest 'as required' would improve inter-examiner reliability compared with manual delineation, without compromising validity. MRI was performed with 30 sub-acute stroke patients with motor deficits (mean NIHSS = 11, range 0-17). Four indepe..

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