Hippocampal Surface Deformation Accuracy in T1-Weighted Volumetric MRI Sequences in Subjects with Epilepsy

R. Edward Hogan, Emily D. Moseley, Luigi Maccotta

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To demonstrate the accuracy across different acquisition and analysis methods, we evaluated the variability in hippocampal volumetric and surface displacement measurements resulting from two different MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) acquisition protocols. METHODS: Nine epilepsy patients underwent two independent T1-weighted magnetization prepared spoiled gradient sequences during a single 3T MRI session. Using high-dimension mapping-large deformation (HDM-LD) segmentation, we calculated volumetric estimates and generated a vector-based 3-dimensional surface model of each subject's hippocampi, and evaluated volume and surface changes, the latter using a cluster-based noise estimation model. RESULTS: Mean hippocampal volumes and standard deviations for the left hippocampi were 2,750 (826) mm3 and 2,782 (859) mm3 (P = .13), and for the right hippocampi were 2,558 (750) mm3 and 2,547 (692) mm3 (P = .76), respectively for the MPR1 and MPR2 sequences. Average Dice coefficient comparing overlap for segmentations was 86%. There was no significant effect of MRI sequence on volume estimates and no significant hippocampal surface change between sequences. CONCLUSION: Statistical comparison of hippocampal volumes and statistically thresholded HDM-LD surfaces in TLE patients showed no differences between the segmentations obtained in the two MRI acquisition sequences. This validates the robustness across MRI sequences of the HDM-LD technique for estimating volume and surface changes in subjects with epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-459
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuroimaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Epilepsy
  • Hippocampus
  • MRI


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