Influence of thickening of the inner skull table on intracranial volume measurement in older people

N A Royle, M C Valdés Hernández, S Muñoz Maniega, B S Arabisala, M E Bastin, I J Deary, J M Wardlaw

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INTRODUCTION: It is generally assumed that intracranial volume (ICV) remains constant after peaking in early adulthood. Thus ICV is used as a 'proxy' for original brain size when trying to estimate brain atrophy in older people in neuroimaging studies. However, physiological changes in the skull, such as thickening of the frontal inner table, are relatively common in older age and will reduce ICV. The potential influence that inner table skull thickening may have on ICV measurement in old age has yet to be investigated. METHODS: We selected 60 (31 males, 29 females) representative older adults aged 71.1-74.3years from a community-dwelling ageing cohort, the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936. A semi-automatically derived current ICV measurement obtained from high resolution T1-weighted volume scans was compared to the estimated original ICV by excluding inner skull table thickening using expert manual image processing. RESULTS: Inner table skull thickening reduced ICV from an estimated original 1480.0ml to a current 1409.1ml, a median decrease of 7.3% (Z=-6.334; p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)918-922
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


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