Prediction of myelopathic level in cervical spondylotic myelopathy using diffusion tensor imaging

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Author(s)

  • Shu-Qiang Wang
  • Xiang Li
  • Jiao-Long Cui
  • Keith D.K. Luk
  • Yong Hu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1682-1688
Journal / PublicationJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Volume41
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the use of a newly designed machine learning-based classifier in the automatic identification of myelopathic levels in cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). Materials and Methods: In all, 58 normal volunteers and 16 subjects with CSM were recruited for diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) acquisition. The eigenvalues were extracted as the selected features from DTI images. Three classifiers, naive Bayesian, support vector machine, and support tensor machine, and fractional anisotropy (FA) were employed to identify myelopathic levels. The results were compared with clinical level diagnosis results and accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity were calculated to evaluate the performance of the developed classifiers. Results: The accuracy by support tensor machine was the highest (93.62%) among the three classifiers. The support tensor machine also showed excellent capacity to identify true positives (sensitivity: 84.62%) and true negatives (specificity: 97.06%). The accuracy by FA value was the lowest (76%) in all the methods. Conclusion: The classifiers-based method using eigenvalues had a better performance in identifying the levels of CSM than the diagnosis using FA values. The support tensor machine was the best among three classifiers.

Research Area(s)

  • cervical spondylotic myelopathy, diffusion tensor imaging, eigenvalue, fractional anisotropy, machine learning, spinal cord

Citation Format(s)

Prediction of myelopathic level in cervical spondylotic myelopathy using diffusion tensor imaging. / Wang, Shu-Qiang; Li, Xiang; Cui, Jiao-Long; Li, Han-Xiong; Luk, Keith D.K.; Hu, Yong.

In: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Vol. 41, No. 6, 01.06.2015, p. 1682-1688.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review