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Abstract #3659

An MR Compatible Olfactometer for Clinical Research Use

Johnny Ng1,2, Emily Evaes1, David Carpenter1, Cheuk Ying Tang1,3

1Dept. Radiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, United States; 2Biomedical Engineering Dept., City College of New York, New York, United States; 3Dept. Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, United States

Interest in the fMRI of the human olfactory system has increased in recent years. The aim of this study is to build a cost effective MR olfactometer suitable for clinical and laboratory environments. An apparatus was built to determine the temporal resolution and the delay time of the custom-built olfactometer. Six healthy subjects participated in testing the olfactometer with six odorant stimuli. The olfactometer has a very short delay time, less than 1 second. Activations were found in the piriform cortex, insular cortex and DLPFC.