Harmonized benchmark labels of the hippocampus on magnetic resonance: the EADC-ADNI project.

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Journal Article


Alzheimers Dement, Volume 11, Issue 2, p.151-60.e5 (2015)


<p><b>BACKGROUND: </b>A globally harmonized protocol (HarP) for manual hippocampal segmentation based on magnetic resonance has been recently developed by a task force from European Alzheimer's Disease Consortium (EADC) and Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Our aim was to produce benchmark labels based on the HarP for manual segmentation.</p><p><b>METHODS: </b>Five experts of manual hippocampal segmentation underwent specific training on the HarP and segmented 40 right and left hippocampi from 10 ADNI subjects on both 1.5 T and 3 T scans. An independent expert visually checked segmentations for compliance with the HarP. Descriptive measures of agreement between tracers were intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) of crude volumes and similarity coefficients of three-dimensional volumes.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Two hundred labels have been provided for the 20 magnetic resonance images. Intra- and interrater ICCs were >0.94, and mean similarity coefficients were 1.5 T, 0.73 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.71-0.75); 3 T, 0.75 (95% CI, 0.74-0.76).</p><p><b>CONCLUSION: </b>Certified benchmark labels have been produced based on the HarP to be used for tracers' training and qualification.</p>

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