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Abstract #3410

Spatial Variation of BOLD Contrast in the Activated ROI Is Correlated with Voxel-Wise Gray Matter Volume Fraction

Wanyong Shin1, Hong Gu1, Qihong Zou1, Pradeep Kurup1, Yihong Yang1

1Neuroimaging Research Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD, United States

In this study, we investigate spatial variations of BOLD contrast (β) within individual subjects and correlate it with voxel-wise T1 and fractional volume (fv) of each tissue component using a new brain segmentation technique, FRASIER. Our data show that spatial variation within individual subjects in a ROI activated by a visual task is highly correlated with T1 and fractional volume of GM, as well as resting-state fluctuation amplitude (RSFA). The dependency (slop of the linear regression), however, varies over subjects. These findings may be used to calibrate BOLD signals for improving sensitivity and specificity in detecting brain activity.