Statistical image analysis of longitudinal RAVENS images

Seonjoo Lee, Vadim Zipunnikov, Daniel S. Reich, Dzung L. Pham

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Regional analysis of volumes examined in normalized space (RAVENS) are transformation images used in the study of brain morphometry. In this paper, RAVENS images are analyzed using a longitudinal variant of voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and longitudinal functional principal component analysis (LFPCA) for high-dimensional images. We demonstrate that the latter overcomes the limitations of standard longitudinal VBM analyses, which does not separate registration errors from other longitudinal changes and baseline patterns. This is especially important in contexts where longitudinal changes are only a small fraction of the overall observed variability, which is typical in normal aging and many chronic diseases. Our simulation study shows that LFPCA effectively separates registration error from baseline and longitudinal signals of interest by decomposing RAVENS images measured at multiple visits into three components: a subject-specific imaging random intercept that quantifies the cross-sectional variability, a subject-specific imaging slope that quantifies the irreversible changes over multiple visits, and a subject-visit specific imaging deviation. We describe strategies to identify baseline/longitudinal variation and registration errors combined with covariates of interest. Our analysis suggests that specific regional brain atrophy and ventricular enlargement are associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) disease progression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number368
JournalFrontiers in Neuroscience
Issue numberOCT
StatePublished - 2015


  • Brain volume measurement
  • Longitudinal functional principal component analysis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Regional analysis of volumes examined in normalized space
  • Voxel-based morphometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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