Morphometric Analyses in Movement Disorders

  • Bogdan Draganski
  • Ettore A. AccollaEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU, volume 44)


Computational neuroanatomy based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a framework for in vivo assessment of brain structure in movement disorders, demonstrating diagnostic potential in early clinical stages next to ability to monitor therapy effects, and/or disease progression. Recent methodological developments in MR physics and data analysis have brought further insight into the pathophysiology of neurological disorders. Volume-, shape-, and surface-based computational neuroanatomy techniques allow for sensitive and reliable differentiation of phenotype–genotype-related traits and their interaction even at presymptomatic stages of disease. Analysis of multiparameter MR data sheds light on specific brain tissue property changes linking noninvasive imaging with the pathophysiology of a particular movement disorder. Given the steadily growing number of MRI-based computational neuroanatomy studies in movement disorders, this chapter can only focus on major themes within the published literature. The first section of this chapter outlines recent advances in MR data acquisition, processing, and analysis touching on general principles of computational neuroanatomy followed by a section on morphometry in specific movement disorders.


Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Fractional Anisotropy Multiple System Atrophy Dementia With Lewy Body Progressive Supranuclear Palsy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain SciencesCentre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)LeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Mind Brain InstituteCharité and Humboldt UniversityBerlinGermany
  3. 3.LREN, Département des Neurosciences Cliniques, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)Université de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4.Campus Virchow KlinikumCharité University Medicine BerlinBerlinGermany
  5. 5.Department of Neurology, Campus Virchow KlinikumCharité – University Medicine BerlinBerlinGermany

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