Multi-projection magnetic resonance inverse imaging of the human visuomotor system

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Researchers

  • Kevin Wen-Kai Tsai
  • Aapo Nummenmaa
  • Thomas Witzel
  • Wei-Tang Chang
  • Wen-Jui Kuo
  • Fa-Hsuan Lin

Research units

  • National Taiwan University
  • Harvard University
  • National Yang-Ming University

Abstract

Using highly parallel radiofrequency (RF) detection, magnetic resonance inverse imaging (InI) can achieve 100. ms temporal resolution with whole brain coverage. This is achieved by trading off partition encoding steps and thus spatial resolution for a higher acquisition rate. The reduced spatial information is estimated by solving under-determined inverse problems using RF coil sensitivity information. Here we propose multi projection inverse imaging (mInI) to combine different projection images to improve the spatial resolution of InI. Specifically, coronal, sagittal, and transverse projection images were acquired from different runs of the fMRI acquisitions using a 32-channel head coil array. Simulations show that mInI improves the quality of the instantaneous image reconstruction significantly. Going from one projection to three projections, the spatial resolution quantified by the full width at half maximum of the point-spread function (PSF) is improved from 2.6 pixels to 1.4 pixels (4. mm nominal resolution per pixel). Considering the shape of the PSF, the effective spatial resolution is improved from 16.9 pixels to 4.7 pixels. In vivo fMRI experiments using a two-choice reaction time tasks show visual and sensorimotor cortical activities spatially consistent with typical EPI data, yet mInI offers 100. ms temporal resolution with the whole brain coverage. The mInI data with three projections revealed that the sensorimotor cortex was activated 700. ms after the visual cortex. mInI can be applied to BOLD-contrast fMRI experiments to characterize the dynamics of the activated brain areas with a high spatiotemporal resolution.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-313
Number of pages10
JournalNeuroImage
Volume61
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Event-related, FMRI, InI, Inverse problem, Motor, MRI, Projection, Visual

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