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Detection of Brain Functional-Connectivity Difference in Post-stroke Patients Using Group-Level Covariance Modeling

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Functional brain connectivity, as revealed through distant correlations in the signals measured by functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), is a promising source of biomarkers of brain pathologies. However, establishing and using diagnostic markers requires probabilistic inter-subject comparisons. Principled comparison of functional-connectivity structures is still a challenging issue. We give a new matrix-variate probabilistic model suitable for inter-subject comparison of functional connectivity matrices on the manifold of Symmetric Positive Definite (SPD) matrices. We show that this model leads to a new algorithm for principled comparison of connectivity coefficients between pairs of regions. We apply this model to comparing separately post-stroke patients to a group of healthy controls. We find neurologically-relevant connection differences and show that our model is more sensitive that the standard procedure. To the best of our knowledge, these results are the first report of functional connectivity differences between a single-patient and a group and thus establish an important step toward using functional connectivity as a diagnostic tool.


  • Functional Connectivity
  • Tangent Space
  • Correlation Matrice
  • Principled Comparison
  • Multivariate Normal Distribution

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Varoquaux, G., Baronnet, F., Kleinschmidt, A., Fillard, P., Thirion, B. (2010). Detection of Brain Functional-Connectivity Difference in Post-stroke Patients Using Group-Level Covariance Modeling. In: Jiang, T., Navab, N., Pluim, J.P.W., Viergever, M.A. (eds) Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2010. MICCAI 2010. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6361. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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