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PhiPipe: A multi-modal MRI data processing pipeline with test-retest reliability and predicative validity assessments

Hum Brain Mapp. 2022 Dec 30. doi: 10.1002/hbm.26194. Online ahead of print.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been one of the primary instruments to measure the properties of the human brain non-invasively in vivo. MRI data generally needs to go through a series of processing steps (i.e., a pipeline) before statistical analysis. Currently, the processing pipelines for multi-modal MRI data are still rare, in contrast to single-modal pipelines. Furthermore, the reliability and validity of the output of the pipelines are critical for the MRI studies. However, the reliability and validity measures are not available or adequate for almost all pipelines. Here, we present PhiPipe, a multi-modal MRI processing pipeline. PhiPipe could process T1-weighted, resting-state BOLD, and diffusion-weighted MRI data and generate commonly used brain features in neuroimaging. We evaluated the test-retest reliability of PhiPipe’s brain features by computing intra-class correlations (ICC) in four public datasets with repeated scans. We further evaluated the predictive validity by computing the correlation of brain features with chronological age in three public adult lifespan datasets. The multivariate reliability and predictive validity of the PhiPipe results were also evaluated. The results of PhiPipe were consistent with previous studies, showing comparable or better reliability and validity when compared with two popular single-modality pipelines, namely DPARSF and PANDA. The publicly available PhiPipe provides a simple-to-use solution to multi-modal MRI data processing. The accompanied reliability and validity assessments could help researchers make informed choices in experimental design and statistical analysis. Furthermore, this study provides a framework for evaluating the reliability and validity of image processing pipelines.

PMID:36583399 | DOI:10.1002/hbm.26194

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