Computational Diffusion MRI

Multiple stages classification of Alzheimer’s disease based on structural brain networks using generalized low rank approximations (GLRAM)

Multiple stages classification of Alzheimer’s disease based on structural brain networks using generalized low rank approximations (GLRAM)

Abstract

To classify each stage for a progressing disease such as Alzheimer’s disease is a key issue for the disease prevention and treatment. In this study, we derived structural brain networks from diffusion-weighted MRI using whole-brain tractography since there is growing interest in relating connectivity measures to clinical, cognitive, and genetic data. Relatively little work has used machine learning to make inferences about variations in brain networks in the progression of the Alzheimer’s disease. Here we developed a framework to utilize generalized low rank approximations of matrices (GLRAM) and modified linear discrimination analysis for unsupervised feature learning and classification of connectivity matrices. We apply the methods to brain networks derived from DWI scans of 41 people with Alzheimer’s disease, 73 people with EMCI, 38 people with LMCI, 47 elderly healthy controls and 221 young healthy controls. Our results show that this new framework can significantly improve classification accuracy when combining multiple datasets; this suggests the value of using data beyond the classification task at hand to model variations in brain connectivity.

Citation

Zhan, L., Nie, Z., Ye, J., Wang, Y., Jin, Y., Jahanshad, N., Prasad, G., de Zubicaray, G. I., McMahan, K. L., Martin, N. G., Wright, M. J. and Thompson, P. M. (2014). Multiple stages classification of Alzheimer’s disease based on structural brain networks using generalized low rank approximations (GLRAM). In Computational diffusion MRI: MICCAI Workshop, Boston, MA, USA, September 2014 (pp. 35-44) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-11182-7_4