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Neuroimage ; 199: 87-92, 2019 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31129301


Long-term married couples have been reported to share personality and behavioural similarities, but whether long-term marriage would shape the brain is hitherto unknown. In this study, 35 pairs of long-term married couples, who have married and living together at least 30 years, were recruited, and resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to examine the neural correlates of long-term marriage between couples. Seven intrinsic connectivity networks were extracted using spatially constrained group independent component analysis, and the spatial similarity of each network as well as functional connectome similarity between couples were investigated respectively. The significant spatial similarities in the salience and frontoparietal networks as well as marginally significant connectome similarity were observed in long-term married couples. In addition, the marital duration showed a significantly positive correlation with the spatial similarity in the frontoparietal network and connectome similarity. The results provide objective evidence that long-term marriage would shape brain network organization, and the combination of initial personality traits and long-term common experience of the couples may be potential factors that account for similar brain network organizations between couples.

J Cereb Blood Flow Metab ; : 271678X18805209, 2018 Oct 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30351176


We aimed to investigate the roles of antegrade residual flow and leptomeningeal collateral flow in sustaining cerebral perfusion distal to an intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis (ICAS). Patients with apparently normal cerebral perfusion distal to a symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA)-M1 stenosis were enrolled. Computational fluid dynamics models were built based on CT angiography to obtain a translesional pressure ratio (PR) to gauge the residual antegrade flow. Leptomeningeal collaterals (LMCs) were scaled on CT angiography. Cerebral perfusion metrics were obtained in CT perfusion maps. Among 83 patients, linear regression analyses revealed that both translesional PR and LMC scale were independently associated with relative ipsilesional mean transit time (rMTT). Subgroup analyses showed that ipsilesional rMTT was significantly associated with translesional PR ( p < 0.001) rather than LMC scale in those with a moderate (50-69%) MCA stenosis, which, however, was only significantly associated with LMC scale ( p = 0.051) in those with a severe (70-99%) stenosis. Antegrade residual flow and leptomeningeal collateral flow have complementary effects in sustaining cerebral perfusion distal to an ICAS, while cerebral perfusion may rely more on the collateral circulation in those with a severe stenosis.

Parkinsonism Relat Disord ; 52: 43-48, 2018 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29571955


BACKGROUND: Cognitive deficits and eye movement abnormalities have been demonstrated to be detectable early clinical manifestations of Parkinson's disease. Understanding the relationship between these phenotypes may yield insight into the underlying anatomical pathways, assisting in the search for simple non-invasive markers of early neurodegeneration. OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlations between eye movement parameters with multi-domain cognitive functions in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease without dementia. METHOD: This is a cross-sectional case-control study of Parkinson's disease patients without dementia. Participants underwent global and domain-specific cognitive tests and an eye-tracking visual search task to characterize eye movement parameters. RESULTS: 62 Chinese Parkinson's disease patients without dementia and 62 sex-, age- and education-matched controls were recruited. The disease group performed worse in multiple cognitive tasks and exhibited a smaller saccadic amplitude. Negative correlations between the eye fixation duration and performance in semantic verbal fluency, verbal and visual recognition memory tasks were observed, though there was no moderation effect on the correlations due to the presence of Parkinson's disease. A common cholinergic deficit in the temporal and parietal regions may account for the observed correlations. The lack of association with predominantly frontal-executive tasks may suggest specificity of these correlations. CONCLUSION: Prolonged visual fixation duration is correlated with poorer performance in semantic verbal fluency, verbal and visual recognition memory tasks in Parkinson's disease patients without dementia, although these correlations are not specific. The clinical utility of eye movement parameters as an early marker for cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease warrants further exploration in longitudinal studies.

IEEE Trans Med Imaging ; 35(5): 1182-1195, 2016 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26886975


Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are small haemorrhages nearby blood vessels. They have been recognized as important diagnostic biomarkers for many cerebrovascular diseases and cognitive dysfunctions. In current clinical routine, CMBs are manually labelled by radiologists but this procedure is laborious, time-consuming, and error prone. In this paper, we propose a novel automatic method to detect CMBs from magnetic resonance (MR) images by exploiting the 3D convolutional neural network (CNN). Compared with previous methods that employed either low-level hand-crafted descriptors or 2D CNNs, our method can take full advantage of spatial contextual information in MR volumes to extract more representative high-level features for CMBs, and hence achieve a much better detection accuracy. To further improve the detection performance while reducing the computational cost, we propose a cascaded framework under 3D CNNs for the task of CMB detection. We first exploit a 3D fully convolutional network (FCN) strategy to retrieve the candidates with high probabilities of being CMBs, and then apply a well-trained 3D CNN discrimination model to distinguish CMBs from hard mimics. Compared with traditional sliding window strategy, the proposed 3D FCN strategy can remove massive redundant computations and dramatically speed up the detection process. We constructed a large dataset with 320 volumetric MR scans and performed extensive experiments to validate the proposed method, which achieved a high sensitivity of 93.16% with an average number of 2.74 false positives per subject, outperforming previous methods using low-level descriptors or 2D CNNs by a significant margin. The proposed method, in principle, can be adapted to other biomarker detection tasks from volumetric medical data.

Hemorragia Cerebral/diagnóstico por imagem , Interpretação de Imagem Assistida por Computador/métodos , Imagem Tridimensional/métodos , Redes Neurais (Computação) , Biomarcadores , Encéfalo/irrigação sanguínea , Encéfalo/diagnóstico por imagem , Encéfalo/patologia , Bases de Dados Factuais , Humanos , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética
Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc ; 2015: 7933-6, 2015.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26738132


With the development of susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) technology, cerebral microbleed (CMB) detection is increasingly essential in cerebrovascular diseases diagnosis and cognitive impairment assessment. Clinical CMB detection is based on manual rating which is subjective and time-consuming with limited reproducibility. In this paper, we propose a computer-aided system for automatic detection of CMBs from brain SWI images. Our approach detects the CMBs within three stages: (i) candidates screening based on intensity values (ii) compact 3D hierarchical features extraction via a stacked convolutional Independent Subspace Analysis (ISA) network (iii) false positive candidates removal with a support vector machine (SVM) classifier based on the learned representation features from ISA. Experimental results on 19 subjects (161 CMBs) achieve a high sensitivity of 89.44% with an average of 7.7 and 0.9 false positives per subject and per CMB, respectively, which validate the efficacy of our approach.

Hemorragia Cerebral/diagnóstico , Interpretação de Imagem Assistida por Computador , Reações Falso-Positivas , Humanos , Curva ROC , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Máquina de Vetores de Suporte
Neural Regen Res ; 8(4): 346-56, 2013 Feb 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25206675


This study aimed to investigate the association between atrophy in the prefrontal cortex with executive function and verbal fluency in elderly male and female patients poststroke. Thirty elderly female patients with non-aphasic ischemic stroke aged ≥ 60 years and 30 age-matched non-aphasic male patients with ischemic stroke were recruited. Automatic magnetic resonance imaging segmentation was used to assess the volume of the whole prefrontal cortex, along with its subdivisions: anterior cingulate cortex, orbitofrontal cortex and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. The Semantic Verbal Fluency Test was administered at 3 and 15 months poststroke. At 3 months poststroke, left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex volume was significantly correlated with Verbal Fluency Test score in female patients only (partial coefficient = 0.453, P = 0.045), after controlling for age, education, diabetes, neurological deficit, white matter lesions volume, as well as the location and volume of infarcts. At 15 months poststroke, there remained a significant association between the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex volume and Verbal Fluency Test (partial coefficient = 0.661, P = 0.001) and between the left prefrontal cortex volume and Verbal Fluency Test (partial coefficient = 0.573, P = 0.004) in female patients after the same adjustments. These findings indicate that atrophy of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex contributes to the impairment of verbal fluency in elderly female patients with stroke. Sex differences may be present in the neuropsychological mechanisms of verbal fluency impairment in patients with stroke.