Texture analysis of spinal cord pathology in multiple sclerosis

Mathias, J. M., Tofts, P. S. and Losseff, N. A. (1999) Texture analysis of spinal cord pathology in multiple sclerosis. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 42 (5). pp. 929-935. ISSN 0740-3194

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Texture analysis was applied to MR images of the spinal cord in an attempt to quantify pathological changes that occur in multiple sclerosis (MS). Texture features quantify macroscopic lesions and also the microscopic abnormalities that may be undetectable using conventional measures of lesion volume and number. Significant differences in texture between normal controls and MS patients were seen. Texture differences were detected between normal controls and relapsing-remitting patients before detectable spinal cord atrophy. There was also significant correlation between texture and disability. The segmentation and texture analysis technique demonstrates intraobserver coefficients of variation ranging from 0. 6-8.2%. Texture analysis has potential as a tool for monitoring changes associated with the development of disability in patients with MS. Reproducibility and sensitivity must be improved to use the technique for serial monitoring in individuals.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Multiple Sclerosis, Observer Variation, Predictive Value of Tests, Reproducibility of Results, Sensitivity and Specificity, Spinal Cord
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Depositing User: Paul Stephen Tofts
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019 15:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/863
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