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Abstract #1168

Depth-Resolved Laminar Analysis of Resting-State Fluctuation Amplitude in High-Resolution 7T FMRI

Jonathan Rizzo Polimeni1, Douglas N. Greve1, Bruce Fischl1,2, Lawrence L. Wald1,3

1Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States; 2Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States; 3Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States

While voxels as small as 0.75 mm isotropic provide sufficient SNR for high-field fMRI, voxels falling within cortical gray matter voxels are still influenced by partial-volume contamination with white matter and CSF, which contribute different levels of physiological noise. Here we characterize the impact of partial-volume effects as a function of cortical depth on the resting-state fluctuation amplitudes at 7T. Even after partial-volume effects are taken into account, the magnitude of resting state fluctuations increases with proximity to the pial surface. This suggests that laminar differences in the resting-state fluctuations exist and may reflect increasing dominance of extravascular BOLD signal changes surrounding large pial vessels.