A1 Journal article – refereed
Visual rating method and tensor-based morphometry in the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease – a comparative magnetic resonance imaging study.

Subtitle: a comparative magnetic resonance imaging study.
List of Authors: Tuokkola T, Koikkalainen J, Parkkola R, Karrasch M, Lötjönen J, Rinne JO
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Acta Radiologica
Journal acronym: Acta Radiol
Volume number: 57
Issue number: 3
Number of pages: 8
ISSN: 0284-1851
eISSN: 1600-0455




Atrophy of the medial temporal lobe (MTL) is the main structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) finding in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, evaluating the degree of atrophy is still demanding.


The visual rating method (VRM) was compared with multi-template tensor-based morphometry (TBM), in terms of its efficacy in diagnosing of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and AD.


Forty-seven patients with MCI, 80 patients with AD and 84 controls were studied.


TBM seems to be more sensitive than VRM at the early stage of dementia in the areas of MTL and ventricles. The methods were equally good in distinguishing controls and the MCI group from the AD group. At the frontal areas TBM was better than VRM in all comparisons.


A user-friendly VRM is still useful for the clinical evaluation of MCI patients, but multi-template TBM is more sensitive for diagnosing the early stages of dementia. However, TBM is currently too demanding to use for daily clinical work.


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