In the same way that its older brother SUIT, SUIT-N toolbox was written to support a number of different analysis techniques, such as volumetry and fMRI group analysis. All techniques share a number of initial similar steps, including the isolation of the cerebellum from the rest of the brain, normalization to the atlas template, and reslicing of the data into atlas space.

Isolate (suit_isolate_neo)

The Isolation algorithm works best on a whole-brain high-resolution (~1 mm isotropic) T2 scan with good gray-white matter contrast. The algorithm works best if the image is brought into LPI- or RPI-orientation, and the origin of the image is set to the anterior commissure.

To isolate the cerebellum simply type suit_isolate_neo({'<name>.nii'}) at the matlab command window. The isolation procedure:

Cerebellar isolation map generated by the isolation algorithm

Cerebellar segmentation generated by the isolation algorithm

Isolation takes about 2 min on a normal desktop PC. Even if hand correction is necessary, it does not take much more than 5-10 min per individual. Additionally, the function can return the volume of the cerebellum and ICV using the "getV" flag. For full options of the isolation algorithms from the command line type: help suit_isolate_neo.

Normalize (suit_normalize_neo)

To normalize a cerebellum to the SUIT-N atlas template typesuit_normalize_neo in the matlab command window, you should then select the cropped image (c_<name>.nii) and the (possibly handcorrected) isolation map (c_<name>_pcereb_corr.nii) as a mask using the SPM interface. Both of these files are generated in the cerebellum isolation stage listed directly above.

For full options of the normalization process type: help suit_normalize_neo.

Reslice images into SUIT space (suit_reslice_neo)

The function suit_reslice_neo uses the deformation map found in the normalization step to resample images into the new atlas space. To reslice an image into atlas space simply type suit_reslice_neo in the matlab command window including the appropiate image to be resliced (or a cell array if several), the deformation map mc_<name>_snc.mat and the isolation map c_<name>_pcereb_corr.nii. A full call to the function would therefore look like: suit_reslice_neo({'<name>.nii'},c_<name>_pcereb_corr.nii,mc_<name>_snc.mat). For full options of the function see: help suit_reslice_neo.

Reslice images into subject space (suit_reslice_inv)

The function suit_reslice_inv takes an image in SUIT or SUIT-N space and reslices it into the space of the individual subject. This can be especially useful when a region of interest or a set of areas are defined in the SUIT-N space to be resliced after in to the original space. To reslice an image into atlas space simply type suit_reslice_inv. Then select the appropriate image in SUIT-N space to as well as the deformation map ( mc_<name>_snc.mat). For full options of the function see: help suit_reslice_inv.