Marco Castellaro

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BACKGROUND Although temporal lobe pathology may explain some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), its role in the pathogenesis of seizures has not been clarified yet. OBJECTIVES To investigate the role of temporal lobe damage in MS patients suffering from epilepsy, by the application of advanced multimodal 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)(More)
In this study, dynamic susceptibility contrast-magnetic resonance imaging (DSC-MRI) was used to quantify the cerebral blood flow (CBF), the cerebral blood volume (CBV), and the mean transit time (MTT) and to analyze the changes in cerebral perfusion associated with the cortical lesions in 44 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. The cortical(More)
BACKGROUND Both gray-matter (GM) atrophy and lesions occur from the earliest stages of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and are one of the major determinants of long-term clinical outcomes. Nevertheless, the relationship between focal and diffuse GM damage has not been clarified yet. Here we investigate the regional distribution and temporal evolution of cortical(More)
In order to assess brain perfusion, one of the available methods is the estimation of parameters such as cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV) and mean transit time (MTT) from Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast MRI (DSC-MRI). This estimation requires both high temporal and spatial resolution to capture the rapid tracer kinetic and detect small(More)
In epileptic patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), cortical lesions have been suggested to cause seizures. In brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), double inversion recovery (DIR) sequences are generally used to evaluate MS cortical disease burden. We present the case of a woman, diagnosed with MS, suffering from drug-resistant partial seizures initially(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Quantitative susceptibility mapping has been used to characterize iron and myelin content in the deep gray matter of patients with multiple sclerosis. Our aim was to characterize the susceptibility mapping of cortical lesions in patients with MS and compare it with neuropathologic observations. MATERIALS AND METHODS The pattern of(More)
Several neuropathologic and imaging studies have consistently confirmed that multiple sclerosis affects both white (WM) and gray matter (GM) and that GM damage plays a key role in disability progression. However, differently from WM damage, the less inflammatory cell infiltration, the absence of significant blood-brain barrier damage, the low myelin density(More)
A consolidated practice in cognitive neuroscience is to explore the properties of human visual working memory through the analysis of electromagnetic signals using cued change detection tasks. Under these conditions, EEG/MEG activity increments in the posterior parietal cortex scaling with the number of memoranda are often reported in the hemisphere(More)
PURPOSE To present the stable spline (SS) deconvolution method for the quantification of the cerebral blood flow (CBF) from dynamic susceptibility contrast MRI. METHODS The SS method was compared with both the block-circulant singular value decomposition (oSVD) and nonlinear stochastic regularization (NSR) methods. oSVD is one of the most popular(More)
In dynamic Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies, compartmental models provide the richest information on the tracer kinetics of the tissue. Inverting such models at the voxel level is however quite challenging due to the low signal-to-noise ratio of the time activity curves. In this study, we propose the use of a Variational Bayesian (VB) approach to(More)