Objective: The objective of the study was to examine a possible relationship between morphometric corpus callosum (CC) measurements, age, and gender characteristics using MR images. Materials and Methods: The medical data and MR examinations of 436 consecutive subjects were retrospectively reviewed. The CC thickness from five different sites, and additionally splenium length, height, and total length of the CC, and the splenium index (SI) were measured with a mid-sagittal T1-weighted sequence. Those measurements were compared with age and gender characteristics. Results: A weak but statistically significant negative correlation was found between age and thicknesses of genu and all body portions of CC (p ≤ 0.001 for all, r = -0.32 for genu, r = -0.317 for B1, r = -0.328 for B2, r = -0.328 for B2, and r = -0.194 for B3 and B4). There was a weak but statistically significant positive correlation between age and the lengths of CC and splenium (p ≤ 0.022 for both, r = 0.112 for CC length and r = 0.11 for splenium length). The second part of the body (B2) was thicker in females (p = 0.014). On the other hand, the CC and splenium lengths were greater in males compared to females (p = 0.029 for both). Conclusion: We designed a comprehensive MRI study to investigate a possible relationship between normal morphometric CC measurements in 436 healthy subjects. We preferred splenium length and SI as the main splenium measurements instead of direct splenium thickness, due to discrepancies regarding splenium measurement methods in the medical literature. There was a wide spectrum of results, and we compared those results with existing medical literature.
Keywords: Age, Corpus callosum, Gender, Morphometry, Magnetic resonance imaging
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