8.4.3. Extracting brain signal from spheres

This example extract brain signals from spheres described by the coordinates of their center in MNI space and a given radius in millimeters. In particular, this example extracts signals from Default Mode Network regions and compute a connectome from them. Retrieve the dataset

from nilearn import datasets
adhd_dataset = datasets.fetch_adhd(n_subjects=1)

# print basic information on the dataset
print('First subject functional nifti image (4D) is at: %s' %
      adhd_dataset.func[0])  # 4D data


First subject functional nifti image (4D) is at: /home/kamalakar/nilearn_data/adhd/data/0010042/0010042_rest_tshift_RPI_voreg_mni.nii.gz Coordinates of Default Mode Network

dmn_coords = [(0, -52, 18), (-46, -68, 32), (46, -68, 32), (1, 50, -5)]
labels = [
          'Posterior Cingulate Cortex',
          'Left Temporoparietal junction',
          'Right Temporoparietal junction',
          'Medial prefrontal cortex',
         ] Extracts signal from sphere around DMN seeds

from nilearn import input_data

masker = input_data.NiftiSpheresMasker(
    dmn_coords, radius=8,
    detrend=True, standardize=True,
    low_pass=0.1, high_pass=0.01, t_r=2.5,
    memory='nilearn_cache', memory_level=1, verbose=2)

func_filename = adhd_dataset.func[0]
confound_filename = adhd_dataset.confounds[0]

time_series = masker.fit_transform(func_filename,


[Memory]    0.0s, 0.0min: Loading filter_and_extract... Display time series

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
for time_serie, label in zip(time_series.T, labels):
    plt.plot(time_serie, label=label)

plt.title('Default Mode Network Time Series')
plt.xlabel('Scan number')
plt.ylabel('Normalized signal')
../../_images/sphx_glr_plot_adhd_spheres_001.png Compute partial correlation matrix

Using object nilearn.connectome.ConnectivityMeasure: Its default covariance estimator is Ledoit-Wolf, allowing to obtain accurate partial correlations.

from nilearn.connectome import ConnectivityMeasure
connectivity_measure = ConnectivityMeasure(kind='partial correlation')
partial_correlation_matrix = connectivity_measure.fit_transform(
    [time_series])[0] Display connectome

from nilearn import plotting

plotting.plot_connectome(partial_correlation_matrix, dmn_coords,
                         title="Default Mode Network Connectivity")

Display connectome with hemispheric projections. Notice (0, -52, 18) is included in both hemispheres since x == 0.

plotting.plot_connectome(partial_correlation_matrix, dmn_coords,
                         title="Connectivity projected on hemispheres",


Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 1.771 seconds)

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