Bayesian Joint Detection-Estimation of Cerebral Vasoreactivity from ASL fMRI Data

  • Thomas Vincent
  • Jan Warnking
  • Marjorie Villien
  • Alexandre Krainik
  • Philippe Ciuciu
  • Florence Forbes
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8150)


Although the study of cerebral vasoreactivity using fMRI is mainly conducted through the BOLD fMRI modality, owing to its relatively high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), ASL fMRI provides a more interpretable measure of cerebral vasoreactivity than BOLD fMRI. Still, ASL suffers from a low SNR and is hampered by a large amount of physiological noise. The current contribution aims at improving the recovery of the vasoreactive component from the ASL signal. To this end, a Bayesian hierarchical model is proposed, enabling the recovery of perfusion levels as well as fitting their dynamics. On a single-subject ASL real data set involving perfusion changes induced by hypercapnia, the approach is compared with a classical GLM-based analysis. A better goodness-of-fit is achieved, especially in the transitions between baseline and hypercapnia periods. Also, perfusion levels are recovered with higher sensitivity and show a better contrast between gray- and white matter.


fMRI ASL cerebral vasoreactivity deconvolution Bayesian analysis Monte Carlo Markov Chain inference 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Vincent
    • 1
  • Jan Warnking
    • 2
  • Marjorie Villien
    • 2
  • Alexandre Krainik
    • 2
  • Philippe Ciuciu
    • 3
  • Florence Forbes
    • 1
  1. 1.INRIA, MISTISGrenoble University, LJKGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.INSERM U836-UJF-CEA-CHU (GIN)GrenobleFrance
  3. 3.CEA/DSV/I2BM NeuroSpin centerGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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