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A Matlab Toolbox for fMRI Data Analysis: Detection, Estimation and Brain Connectivity
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Vision.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is one of the best techniques for neuroimaging and has revolutionized the way to understand the brain functions. It measures the changes in the blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal which is related to the neuronal activity. Complexity of the data, presence of different types of noises and the massive amount of data makes the fMRI data analysis a challenging one. It demands efficient signal processing and statistical analysis methods.  The inference of the analysis is used by the physicians, neurologists and researchers for better understanding of the brain functions.

     The purpose of this study is to design a toolbox for fMRI data analysis. It includes methods to detect the brain activity maps, estimation of the hemodynamic response (HDR) and the connectivity of the brain structures. This toolbox provides methods for detection of activated brain regions measured with Bayesian estimator. Results are compared with the conventional methods such as t-test, ordinary least squares (OLS) and weighted least squares (WLS). Brain activation and HDR are estimated with linear adaptive model and nonlinear method based on radial basis function (RBF) neural network. Nonlinear autoregressive with exogenous inputs (NARX) neural network is developed to model the dynamics of the fMRI data.  This toolbox also provides methods to brain connectivity such as functional connectivity and effective connectivity.  These methods are examined on simulated and real fMRI datasets.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
fMRI, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Detection of activated regions, Estimation of hemodynamic response, Brain connectivity, Bayesian estimator, RBF, NARX, Granger causality.
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Other Medical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81314ISRN: LiTH-ISY-EX--12/4600--SEOAI: diva2:551505
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Master's Program Biomedical Engineering
2012-06-15, Algoritmen, Building B, Campus Valla, Linköping, Sweden, 08:15 (English)
Available from: 2012-09-11 Created: 2012-09-11 Last updated: 2012-09-18Bibliographically approved

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