This tutorial illustrates methods to help with masking data.
First, let’s load the pain data for this example.
from nltools.datasets import fetch_pain data = fetch_pain()
Spherical masks can be created using the create_sphere function. It requires specifying a center voxel and the radius of the sphere.
from nltools.mask import create_sphere mask = create_sphere([0, 0, 0], radius=30) masked_data = data.apply_mask(mask) masked_data.mean().plot()
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Extract Mean Within ROI¶
We can easily calculate the mean within an ROI for each image within a Brain_Data() instance using the extract_roi() method.
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt mean = data.extract_roi(mask) plt.plot(mean)
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Expand and Contract ROIs¶
Some masks have many ROIs indicated by a unique ID. It is possible to expand these masks into separate ROIs and also collapse them into a single image again. Here we will demonstrate on a k=50 parcellation hosted on http://neurovault.org.
from nltools.mask import expand_mask, collapse_mask from nltools.data import Brain_Data mask = Brain_Data('http://neurovault.org/media/images/2099/Neurosynth%20Parcellation_0.nii.gz') mask.plot()
We can expand this mask into 50 separate regions
mask_x = expand_mask(mask) mask_x[:3].plot()
We can collapse these 50 separate regions as unique values in a single image
mask_c = collapse_mask(mask_x) mask_c.plot()
Threshold and Regions¶
Images can be thresholded using an arbitrary cutoff or a percentile using the threshold method. Here we calculate the mean of the high pain images and threshold using the 95 percentile.
high = data[data.X['PainLevel']==3] high.mean().threshold(lower='2.5%', upper='97.5%').plot()
We might be interested in creating a binary mask from this threshold.
mask_b = high.mean().threshold(lower='2.5%', upper='97.5%',binarize=True) mask_b.plot()
We might also want to create separate images from each contiguous ROI.
region = high.mean().threshold(lower='2.5%', upper='97.5%').regions() region.plot()
Finally, we can perform operations on ROIs from a mask and then convert them back into a Brain_Data instance. In this example, let’s compute a linear contrast of increasing pain for each each participant. Then, let’s compute functional connectivity across participants within each ROI and calculate the degree centrality of each ROI after arbitrarily thresholding the connectivity matrix. We can then convert each ROIs degree back into a Brain_Data instance to help visualize which regions are more central in this analysis.
from sklearn.metrics import pairwise_distances from nltools.data import Adjacency from nltools.mask import roi_to_brain import pandas as pd import numpy as np sub_list = data.X['SubjectID'].unique() # perform matrix multiplication to compute linear contrast for each subject lin_contrast =  for sub in sub_list: lin_contrast.append(data[data.X['SubjectID'] == sub] * np.array([1, -1, 0])) # concatenate list of Brain_Data instances into a single instance lin_contrast = Brain_Data(lin_contrast) # Compute correlation distance between each ROI dist = Adjacency(pairwise_distances(lin_contrast.extract_roi(mask), metric='correlation'), matrix_type='distance') # Threshold functional connectivity and convert to Adjacency Matrix. Plot as heatmap dist.threshold(upper=.4, binarize=True).plot() # Convert Adjacency matrix to networkX instance g = dist.threshold(upper=.4, binarize=True).to_graph() # Compute degree centrality and convert back into Brain_Data instance. degree_centrality = roi_to_brain(pd.Series(dict(g.degree())), mask_x) degree_centrality.plot()
Total running time of the script: ( 1 minutes 23.331 seconds)