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Semi Automatic Identification and Characterization of Brain White Matter Lesions in Volumetric Resonance Magnetic Images

Grant number: 12/21826-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2013
Effective date (End): October 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Electrical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Roberto de Alencar Lotufo
Grantee:Mariana Pinheiro Bento Leite
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Elétrica e de Computação (FEEC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/09122-4 - Texture analysis and classification for brain white matter lesions detection and characterization on MRI, BE.EP.DR


The lesions in the brain white matter of the brain called white matter hyperintensities may cause significant functional impairment and are commonly associated with neurological or psychiatric diseases. The current analysis of these lesions is manually performed by experts in magnetic resonance imaging, and represents a non-trivial, costly and subjective task. Thus, the proposed approach aims to create a helpful tool in the identification and characterization of injured tissues in the brain white matter, as well as enable the tracking of patients over time through structural metrics extracted from the previously identified lesions. The methodology to be developed will combine and propose techniques in the area of image processing, such as preprocessing, segmentation, representation and description, and in the area of pattern recognition, such as characterization, discrimination between classes, classification and prediction, to solve the present problem.

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LEITE, MARIANA; RITTNER, LETICIA; APPENZELLER, SIMONE; RUOCCO, HELOISA HELENA; LOTUFO, ROBERTO. Etiology-based classification of brain white matter hyperintensity on magnetic resonance imaging. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL IMAGING, v. 2, n. 1, . (12/21826-1, 13/07559-3)

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