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Discriminant analysis of intermediate brain atrophy rates in longitudinal diagnosis of alzheimer's disease

Ali Farzan4*, Syamsiah Mashohor13, Rahman Ramli13 and Rozi Mahmud2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Computer & Communication Systems, Faculty of Engineering, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, 43400, Malaysia

2 Department of Imaging, Faculty of Radiology, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, 43400, Malaysia

3 Institute of Advanced Technology, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, 43400, Malaysia

4 Computer Dept., Shabestar branch, Islamic Azad University, Shabestar, Iran

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Diagnostic Pathology 2011, 6:105  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-6-105

Published: 28 October 2011


Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease through MRI neuroimaging biomarkers has been used as a complementary marker for traditional clinical markers to improve diagnostic accuracy and also help in developing new pharmacotherapeutic trials. It has been revealed that longitudinal analysis of the whole brain atrophy has the power of discriminating Alzheimer's disease and elderly normal controls. In this work, effect of involving intermediate atrophy rates and impact of using uncorrelated principal components of these features instead of original ones on discriminating normal controls and Alzheimer's disease subjects, is inspected. In fact, linear discriminative analysis of atrophy rates is used to classify subjects into Alzheimer's disease and controls. Leave-one-out cross-validation has been adopted to evaluate the generalization rate of the classifier along with its memorization. Results show that incorporating uncorrelated version of intermediate features leads to the same memorization performance as the original ones but higher generalization rate. As a conclusion, it is revealed that in a longitudinal study, using intermediate MRI scans and transferring them to an uncorrelated feature space can improve diagnostic accuracy.

Alzheimer's disease; diagnostic; discriminate analysis; neuroimaging; whole brain atrophy; principal component analysis