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Normal appearing white matter

Piotr Sowa, Hanne F Harbo, Nathan S White, Elisabeth G Celius, Hauke Bartsch, Pål Berg-Hansen, Stine M Moen, Atle Bjørnerud, Lars T Westlye, Ole A Andreassen, Anders M Dale, Mona K Beyer
BACKGROUND: Restriction spectrum imaging (RSI) is a recently introduced magnetic resonance imaging diffusion technique. The utility of RSI in multiple sclerosis (MS) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between RSI-derived parameters and neurological disability in MS. METHODS: Seventy-seven relapsing-remitting MS patients were scanned with RSI on a 3-T scanner. RSI-derived parameters: fast and slow apparent diffusion coefficient (sADC), fractional anisotropy, restricted fractional anisotropy, neurite density (ND), cellularity, extracellular water fraction, and free water fraction, were obtained in white matter lesions (WML) and normal appearing white matter (NAWM)...
March 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Sanuji Gajamange, David Raffelt, Thijs Dhollander, Elaine Lui, Anneke van der Walt, Trevor Kilpatrick, Joanne Fielding, Alan Connelly, Scott Kolbe
Long term irreversible disability in multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be primarily driven by axonal degeneration. Axonal degeneration leads to degenerative atrophy, therefore early markers of axonal degeneration are required to predict clinical disability and treatment efficacy. Given that additional pathologies such as inflammation, demyelination and oedema are also present in MS, it is essential to develop axonal markers that are not confounded by these processes. The present study investigated a novel method for measuring axonal degeneration in MS based on high angular resolution diffusion magnetic resonance imaging...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Cheima Bouziane, Matthan W A Caan, Hyke G H Tamminga, Anouk Schrantee, Marco A Bottelier, Michiel B de Ruiter, Sandra J J Kooij, Liesbeth Reneman
Several diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown a delay in brain white matter (WM) development. Because these studies were mainly conducted in children and adolescents, these WM abnormalities have been assumed, but not proven to progress into adulthood. To provide further insight in the natural history of WM maturation delay in ADHD, we here investigated the modulating effect of age on WM in children and adults. 120 stimulant-treatment naive male ADHD children (10-12 years of age) and adults (23-40 years of age) with ADHD (according to DSM-IV; all subtypes) were included, along with 23 age and gender matched controls...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Eero Rissanen, Jouni Tuisku, Tero Vahlberg, Marcus Sucksdorff, Teemu Paavilainen, Riitta Parkkola, Johanna Rokka, Alexander Gerhard, Rainer Hinz, Peter S Talbot, Juha O Rinne, Laura Airas
Objective: To investigate the relationship of in vivo microglial activation to clinical and MRI parameters in MS. Methods: Patients with secondary progressive MS (n = 10) or relapsing-remitting MS (n = 10) and age-matched healthy controls (n = 17) were studied. Microglial activation was measured using PET and radioligand [11 C]( R )-PK11195. Clinical assessment and structural and quantitative MRI including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) were performed for comparison...
May 2018: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Yeerfan Jiaerken, Xiao Luo, Xinfeng Yu, Peiyu Huang, Xiaojun Xu, Minming Zhang
Our purpose is to evaluate the microstructural and metabolism property in the white matter that later become white matter hyperintensity (WMH), and of WMH that later disappeared. Forty subjects with two-year follow-up were included. Each subject had 3DT1, T2FLAIR, DTI and FDG-PET scans. White matter was classified into: constant WMH, growing WMH, shrinking WMH and normal appearing white matter (NAWM). The average DTI (FA and MD) and FDG-PET (standardized FDG-PET rSUV) of each of the above-mentioned region were extracted and compared...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Ka-Loh Li, Daniel Lewis, Alan Jackson, Sha Zhao, Xiaoping Zhu
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have measured cerebral blood flow (CBF) with DSC-MRI using an "early time points" (ET) method based on microsphere theory. PURPOSE: To develop and assess a new ET method for absolute CBF estimation using low-dose high-temporal (LDHT) T1W-DCE-MRI. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective cohort study. SUBJECTS: Seven patients with sporadic vestibular schwannoma (VS) who underwent test-retest imaging; one patient with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) imaged pretreatment; and 12 neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) patients undergoing bevacizumab treatment, imaged pre- and 90 days posttreatment...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Hatef Mehrabian, Sten Myrehaug, Hany Soliman, Arjun Sahgal, Greg J Stanisz
Quantitative magnetization transfer (qMT) was used as a biomarker to monitor glioblastoma (GBM) response to chemo-radiation and identify the earliest time-point qMT could differentiate progressors from non-progressors. Nineteen GBM patients were recruited and MRI-scanned before (Day0), two weeks (Day14), and four weeks (Day28) into the treatment, and one month after the end of the treatment (Day70). Comprehensive qMT data was acquired, and a two-pool MT model was fit to the data. Response was determined at 3-8 months following the end of chemo-radiation...
February 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Samantha By, Junzhong Xu, Bailey A Box, Francesca R Bagnato, Seth A Smith
The purpose of this work was to evaluate the feasibility and reproducibility of the spherical mean technique (SMT), a multi-compartmental diffusion model, in the spinal cord of healthy controls, and to assess its ability to improve spinal cord characterization in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients at 3 T. SMT was applied in the cervical spinal cord of eight controls and six relapsing-remitting MS patients. SMT provides an elegant framework to model the apparent axonal volume fraction vax , intrinsic diffusivity Dax , and extra-axonal transverse diffusivity Dex_perp (which is estimated as a function of vax and Dax ) without confounds related to complex fiber orientation distribution that reside in diffusion MRI modeling...
February 1, 2018: NMR in Biomedicine
Alexander Klistorner, Chenyu Wang, Con Yiannikas, John Parratt, Michael Dwyer, Joshua Barton, Stuart L Graham, Yuyi You, Sidong Liu, Michael H Barnett
Objective: Using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), we examined chronic stable MS lesions, peri-lesional white matter (PLWM) and normal appearing white matter (NAWM) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) for evidence of progressive tissue destruction and evaluated whether diffusivity change is associated with conventional MRI parameters and clinical findings. Method: Pre- and post-gadolinium T1, T2 and DTI images were acquired from 55 consecutive RRMS patients at baseline and 42...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Lei Qin, Angie Li, Jinrong Qu, Katherine Reinshagen, Xiang Li, Su-Chun Cheng, Annie Bryant, Geoffrey S Young
Mixed reports leave uncertainty about whether normalization of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) to a within-subject white matter reference is necessary for assessment of tumor cellularity. We tested whether normalization improves the previously reported correlation of resection margin ADC with 15-month overall survival (OS) in HGG patients. Spin-echo echo-planar DWI was retrieved from 3 T MRI acquired between maximal resection and radiation in 37 adults with new-onset HGG (25 glioblastoma; 12 anaplastic astrocytoma)...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Diane F van Rappard, Marsh Königs, Marjan E Steenweg, Jaap Jan Boelens, Jaap Oosterlaan, Marjo S van der Knaap, Nicole I Wolf, Petra J W Pouwels
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to gain more insight into the pathomechanisms of metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), by comparing magnitude and direction of diffusion between patients and controls at diagnosis and during follow-up. METHODS: Four late-infantile, 16 juvenile and 8 adult onset MLD patients [of which 13 considered eligible for hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT)] and 47 controls were examined using diffusion tensor imaging. Fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (AD) and radial diffusivity (RD) were quantified and compared between groups using tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS)...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Corinna M Bauer, Zaira Cattaneo, Lotfi B Merabet
Growing evidence demonstrates dramatic structural and functional neuroplastic changes in individuals born with early onset blindness. For example, crossmodal sensory processing at the level of the occipital cortex appears to be associated with adaptive behaviors in the blind. However, detailed studies examining the structural properties of key white matter pathways in other regions of the brain remain limited. Given that blind individuals rely heavily on their sense of hearing, we examined the structural properties of two important pathways involved with auditory processing namely, the uncinate and arcuate fasciculi...
January 29, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
Candice Fabre, Barthélémy Tosello, Estelle Pipon, Catherine Gire, Kathia Chaumoitre
BACKGROUND: Lenticulostriate vasculopathy (LSV) is a hyperechogenicity of the lenticulostriate branches of the basal ganglia and/or thalamus' middle cerebral arteries and is frequently seen in neonatology. Our study primarily describes the perinatal data and long-term follow-up of newborns with lenticulostriate vessel hyperechoic degeneration. Secondly, it describes the cerebral imaging data as a function of perinatal factors and neurodevelopmental follow-up of these newborns. METHODS: This retrospective study assesses the outcome of newborns with LSV hyperechogenicity on cerebral ultrasound (two grades)...
January 6, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Efrosini Papadaki, Antonis Fanouriakis, Eleftherios Kavroulakis, Dimitra Karageorgou, Prodromos Sidiropoulos, George Bertsias, Panagiotis Simos, Dimitrios T Boumpas
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January 23, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Jill M Abrigo, Daniel M Fountain, James M Provenzale, Eric K Law, Joey Sw Kwong, Michael G Hart, Wilson Wai San Tam
BACKGROUND: Gliomas are the most common primary brain tumour. They are graded using the WHO classification system, with Grade II-IV astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas. Low-grade gliomas (LGGs) are WHO Grade II infiltrative brain tumours that typically appear solid and non-enhancing on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. People with LGG often have little or no neurologic deficit, so may opt for a watch-and-wait-approach over surgical resection, radiotherapy or both, as surgery can result in early neurologic disability...
January 22, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Giovanni Giulietti, Mario Torso, Laura Serra, Barbara Spanò, Camillo Marra, Carlo Caltagirone, Mara Cercignani, Marco Bozzali
BACKGROUND: Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a transitional stage between normal aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the clinical conversion from MCI to AD is unpredictable. Hence, identification of noninvasive biomarkers able to detect early changes induced by dementia is a pressing need. PURPOSE: To explore the added value of histogram analysis applied to measures derived from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) for detecting brain tissue differences between AD, MCI, and healthy subjects (HS)...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Carolina Alves, Sónia Batista, Otília C d'Almeida, Lívia Sousa, Luís Cunha, Rui Bernardes, Miguel Castelo-Branco
We investigated the relationship between retinal layers and normal-appearing white matter (WM) integrity in the brain of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), using a combined diffusion tensor imaging and high resolution optical coherence tomography approach. Fifty patients and 62 controls were recruited. The patients were divided into two groups according to presence (n = 18) or absence (n = 32) of optic neuritis. Diffusion tensor data were analyzed with a voxel-wise whole brain analysis of diffusion metrics in WM with tract-based spatial statistics...
January 15, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
C Ammitzbøll, T B Dyrby, M Lyksborg, K Schreiber, R Ratzer, J Romme Christensen, P Iversen, M Magyari, E Garde, P S Sørensen, H R Siebner, F Sellebjerg
BACKGROUND: Progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterised by diffuse changes on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which complicates the use of MRI as a diagnostic and prognostic marker. The relationship between MRI measures (conventional and non-conventional) and clinical disability in progressive MS therefore warrants further investigation. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between clinical disability and MRI measures in patients with progressive MS...
December 18, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Roman Zenouzi, Janina von der Gablentz, Marcus Heldmann, Martin Göttlich, Christina Weiler-Normann, Marcial Sebode, Hanno Ehlken, Johannes Hartl, Anja Fellbrich, Susanne Siemonsen, Christoph Schramm, Thomas F Münte, Ansgar W Lohse
BACKGROUND: In primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) fatigue is a major clinical challenge of unknown etiology. By demonstrating that fatigue in PBC is associated with an impaired cognitive performance, previous studies have pointed out the possibility of brain abnormalities underlying fatigue in PBC. Whether structural brain changes are present in PBC patients with fatigue, however, is unclear. To evaluate the role of structural brain abnormalities in PBC patients severely affected from fatigue we, therefore, performed a case-control cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) study and correlated changes of white and grey brain matter with the cognitive and attention performance...
2018: PloS One
Hikaru Takeuchi, Yasuyuki Taki, Rui Nouchi, Ryoichi Yokoyama, Yuka Kotozaki, Seishu Nakagawa, Atsushi Sekiguchi, Kunio Iizuka, Yuki Yamamoto, Sugiko Hanawa, Tsuyoshi Araki, Carlos Makoto Miyauchi, Takamitsu Shinada, Kohei Sakaki, Yuko Sassa, Takayuki Nozawa, Shigeyuki Ikeda, Susumu Yokota, Magistro Daniele, Ryuta Kawashima
Myopia is part of the spectrum of refractive error. Myopia is associated with psychometric intelligence and, the link between brain anatomy and myopia has been hypothesized. Here we aimed to identify the associations between brain structures and refractive error in developed young adults. In a study cohort of 1,319 normal educated young adults, the refractive error showed a significant negative correlation with total intracranial volume and total cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) volume but not with total gray matter volume (GMV) or total white matter volume (WMV)...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
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