Reliability of modeling evoked flow responses

Peter Trillenberg*, J. Eggers, J. Steffen, G. Seidel

*Corresponding author for this work
2 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose: Visually evoked flow characterises the relative changes of blood flow velocity in the posterior cerebral artery in response to visual stimulation. The present study is the first to address the reliability of model fitting to evoked flow responses, rigorously defined by Cronbach's alpha. Materials and Methods: We fitted two models to the evoked flow responses recorded from 19 subjects on two different days. Model 1 characterises a harmonic oscillator with frequency ω and damping coefficient ξ which (after a delay ΛT) is driven from zero towards a new equilibrium K by an impulse with magnitude T. Model 2 is the sum of a first order system subjected to a step and a transient smoothed pulse, both again delayed by ΔT. Results: Model 1 exhibited slightly smaller fit errors and convergence was less dependent on starting values for the parameters. As judged from the residual noise in the evoked flow response, there was no clear indication of sustained oscillations characterising model 1 exclusively. Both models showed considerable retest errors. Nonetheless, Cronbach's alpha was significant for K and omega;, and highest for K. Conclusion: Retest errors were considerable, particularly so for the damping coefficient ξ and impulse magnitude T. A physiological interpretation of these parameters is limited by our findings.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUltraschall in der Medizin
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)611-617
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2008

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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