MRI Deep Learning-Based Solution for Alzheimer’s Disease Prediction
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Author/sSaratxaga, Cristina L.; Moya, Iratxe; Picón, Artzai; Acosta, Marina; Moreno-Fernandez-de-Leceta, Aitor; [et al.]
Background: Alzheimer’s is a degenerative dementing disorder that starts with a mild memory impairment and progresses to a total loss of mental and physical faculties. The sooner the diagnosis is made, the better for the patient, as preventive actions and treatment can be started. Al though tests such as the Mini-Mental State Tests Examination are usually used for early identification, diagnosis relies on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain analysis. Methods: Public initiatives such as the OASIS (Open Access Series of Imaging Studies) collection provide neuroimaging datasets openly available for research purposes. In this work, a new method based on deep learning and image processing techniques for MRI-based Alzheimer’s diagnosis is proposed and compared with previous literature works. Results: Our method achieves a balance accuracy (BAC) up to 0.93 for image-based automated diagnosis of the disease, and a BAC of 0.88 for the establishment of the disease stage (healthy tissue, very ...