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Voxel Placement Precision for GABA-Edited Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

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Xue Bai, Ashley D Harris, Tao Gong, Nicolaas A J Puts, Guangbin Wang, Michael Schär, Peter B Barker, Richard A E Edden

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean journal of radiology open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

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The purpose of the present study was to assess the reproducibility of voxel placement for GABA-edited MRS. GABA-edited MRS data were acquired in 13 healthy volunteers from (3 cm)3 voxel; and within the same session a second acquisition was independently prescribed. A three-dimensional voxel mask image was reconstructed in T1-image-space using the SVMask tool (in house software). Reproducibility of voxel placement was assessed using the Dice overlap coefficient, both within-subject and between-subject following co-registration of T1 images and transformation of voxel mask images to standard space. Within-subject overlap coefficients were 86% ± 5%. Between-subject overlap coefficients were 75% ± 10%. For the two voxel locations considered (occipital and sensorimotor), voxel overlap was very similar. Between-subject values are higher due to between-session effects, anatomical variability and volume mismatch in standard space. While surprisingly low in terms of volume overlap, the overlap coefficients correspond to acceptable linear displacements.

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