Diffusion tensor imaging in schizophrenia: Relationship to symptoms

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  • In this diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) study, the authors investigated white matter integrity in schizophrenia and the relationships between white matter alterations and specific symptoms of the disorder. We compared DTI images of 25 schizophrenia patients and 25 matched healthy controls and performed voxel-wise correlational analyses using the patient's DTI data and their severity scores of positive and negative symptoms. We found diffuse deficits in multiple types of white matter tracts in schizophrenia, and an inverse relationship of DTI fractional anisotropy (FA) values with positive symptom scores in association fibers, supporting a "disconnection" hypothesis of positive symptoms in schizophrenia. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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  • Skelly LR; Calhoun V; Meda SA; Kim J; Mathalon DH; Pearlson GD
  • Start Page

  • 157
  • End Page

  • 162
  • Volume

  • 98
  • Issue

  • 1-3