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Memory Performance and Quantitative Neuroimaging Software in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Concurrent Validity Study. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2020 11;26(10):954-962

Date

04/29/2020

Pubmed ID

32340636

DOI

10.1017/S1355617720000454

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-85084404896   2 Citations

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study examined the relationship between patient performance on multiple memory measures and regional brain volumes using an FDA-cleared quantitative volumetric analysis program - Neuroreaderâ„¢.

METHOD: Ninety-two patients diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by a clinical neuropsychologist completed cognitive evaluations and underwent MR Neuroreaderâ„¢ within 1 year of testing. Select brain regions were correlated with three widely used memory tests. Regression analyses were conducted to determine if using more than one memory measures would better predict hippocampal z-scores and to explore the added value of recognition memory to prediction models.

RESULTS: Memory performances were most strongly correlated with hippocampal volumes than other brain regions. After controlling for encoding/Immediate Recall standard scores, statistically significant correlations emerged between Delayed Recall and hippocampal volumes (rs ranging from .348 to .490). Regression analysis revealed that evaluating memory performance across multiple memory measures is a better predictor of hippocampal volume than individual memory performances. Recognition memory did not add further predictive utility to regression analyses.

CONCLUSIONS: This study provides support for use of MR Neuroreaderâ„¢ hippocampal volumes as a clinically informative biomarker associated with memory performance, which is a critical diagnostic feature of MCI phenotype.

Author List

Umfleet LG, Butts AM, Janecek JK, Reiter K, Agarwal M, Brett BL, Ryan JJ, Reuss J, Klein A, Correro AN, Franczak M

Authors

Mohit Agarwal MD Assistant Professor in the Radiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Benjamin Brett PhD Assistant Professor in the Neurosurgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Alissa Butts PhD Assistant Professor in the Neurology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Anthony Correro in the CTSI department at Medical College of Wisconsin - CTSI
Malgorzata Franczak MD Professor in the Neurology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Julie K. Janecek PhD Assistant Professor in the Neurology department at Medical College of Wisconsin