High resolution anatomical and functional imaging

Sanchez Panchuelo, Rosa Maria (2009) High resolution anatomical and functional imaging. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

The signal-to-noise ratio available in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)is determined by the static magnetic field strength, causing a continued drive toward higher fields to enable faster image acquisition at finer spatial resolution. The work in this thesis is primarily concerned with the development of sequences for Ultra High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (7T) which allow the acquisition of images with high spatial resolution for study of the structure and function of the brain.

The methods developed here for high spatial resolution structural imaging allow the identification of regions of the cortex which exhibit layers of high myelin concentration within the cortical strip. This permits the investigation of the correspondence of functional regions in the visual cortex to their underlying structure 'in vivo'.

A robust methodology for high resolution functional mapping over a restricted field of view is presented and the results of fMRI studies demonstrating 1 mm isotropic resolution in the primary somatosensory cortex S1 using this methodology are shown. BOLD responses to vibrotactile digit stimulation were investigated using a travelling wave paradigm to measure the topographic representation of the digits in S1 and an event related paradigm for characterization of the haemodynamic delay.

A spin-echo EPI acquisition has been optimized and tested to compare the BOLD response in GE and SE echo planar images by employing visual and motor tasks. The specificity of the BOLD responses of SE and GE data was found to be similar using a travelling wave paradigm.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Supervisors:Bowtell, R.W.
Francis, S.T.
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
ID Code:908
Deposited By:Miss Rosa Maria Sanchez Panchuelo
Deposited On:26 Feb 2010 11:57
Last Modified:26 Feb 2010 11:57

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