Semi-automatic panellation of the corpus striatum

Ramsey Al-Hakim, Delphine Nain, James Levitt, Martha Shenton, Allen Tannenbaum

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The striatum is the input component of the basal ganglia from the cerebral cortex. It includes the caudate, putamen, and nucleus accumbens. Thus, the striatum is an important component in limbic frontal-subcortical circuitry and is believed to be relevant both for reward-guided behaviors and for the expression of psychosis. The dorsal striatum is composed of the caudate and putamen, both of which are further subdivided into pre- and post-commissural components. The ventral striatum (VS) is primarily composed of the nucleus accumbens. The striatum can be functionally divided into three broad regions: 1) a limbic; 2) a cognitive and 3) a sensor-motor region. The approximate corresponding anatomic subregions for these 3 functional regions are: 1) the VS; 2) the pre/post-commissural caudate and the precommissural putamen and 3) the post-commissural putamen. We believe assessing these subregions, separately, in disorders with limbic and cognitive impairment such as schizophrenia may yield more informative group differences in comparison with normal controls than prior panellation strategies of the striatum such as assessing the caudate and putamen. The manual panellation of the striatum into these subregions is currently defined using certain landmark points and geometric rules. Since identification of these areas is important to clinical research, a reliable and fast panellation technique is required. Currently, only full manual panellation using editing software is available; however, this technique is extremely time intensive. Previous work has shown successful application of heuristic rules into a semi-automatic platform I. We present here a semi-automatic algorithm which implements the rules currently used for manual panellation of the striatum, but requires minimal user input and significantly reduces the time required for panellation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2007
Subtitle of host publicationImage Processing
EditionPART 3
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2007: Image Processing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 18 2007Feb 20 2007

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
NumberPART 3
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2007: Image Processing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Basal ganglia
  • Caudate
  • Delineate
  • Nucleus accumbens
  • Panellation
  • Putamen
  • Striatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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