Complexity in mood disorder diagnosis: fMRI connectivity networks predicted medication-class of response in complex patients

E. Osuch, S. Gao, M. Wammes, J. Théberge, P. Willimason, R. J. Neufeld, Y. Du, J. Sui, V. Calhoun

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Abstract

Objective: This study determined the clinical utility of an fMRI classification algorithm predicting medication-class of response in patients with challenging mood diagnoses. Methods: Ninety-nine 16–27-year-olds underwent resting state fMRI scans in three groups—BD, MDD and healthy controls. A predictive algorithm was trained and cross-validated on the known-diagnosis patients using maximally spatially independent components (ICs), constructing a similarity matrix among subjects, partitioning the matrix in kernel space and optimizing support vector machine classifiers and IC combinations. This classifier was also applied to each of 12 new individual patients with unclear mood disorder diagnoses. Results: Classification within the known-diagnosis group was approximately 92.4% accurate. The five maximally contributory ICs were identified. Applied to the complicated patients, the algorithm diagnosis was consistent with optimal medication-class of response to sustained recovery in 11 of 12 cases (i.e., almost 92% accuracy). Conclusion: This classification algorithm performed well for the know-diagnosis but also predicted medication-class of response in difficult-to-diagnose patients. Further research can enhance this approach and extend these findings to be more clinically accessible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-482
Number of pages11
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume138
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2018

Keywords

  • bipolar disorder
  • differential diagnosis
  • functional neuroimaging
  • machine learning
  • mood disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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