Effect of Region of Interest Size on the Repeatability of Quantitative Brain Imaging Biomarkers


Kourosh Jafari-Khouzani, Kamran Paynabar, Fatemeh Hajighasemi, and Bruce Rosen. 2019. “Effect of Region of Interest Size on the Repeatability of Quantitative Brain Imaging Biomarkers.” IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, 66, 3, Pp. 864-872.


In the repeatability analysis, when the measurement is the mean value of a parametric map within a region of interest (ROI), the ROI size becomes important as by increasing the size, the measurement will have a smaller variance. This is important in decision-making in prospective clinical studies of brain when the ROI size is variable, e.g., in monitoring the effect of treatment on lesions by quantitative MRI, and in particular when the ROI is small, e.g., in the case of brain lesions in multiple sclerosis. Thus, methods to estimate repeatability measures for arbitrary sizes of ROI are desired. We propose a statistical model of the values of parametric map within the ROI and a method to approximate the model parameters, based on which we estimate a number of repeatability measures including repeatability coefficient, coefficient of variation, and intraclass correlation coefficient for an ROI with an arbitrary size. We also show how this gives an insight into related problems such as spatial smoothing in voxel-wise analysis. Experiments are conducted on simulated data as well as on scan-rescan brain MRI of healthy subjects. The main application of this study is the adjustment of the decision threshold based on the lesion size in treatment monitoring.
Last updated on 04/29/2019