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Abstract #0633

Fast Dynamic Measurement of Functional T1 and Grey Matter Thickness Changes During Brain Activation at 7T

Laurentius Huber1, Sean Marrett1, Daniel A Handwerker1, Adam Thomas1, Benjamin Gutierrez1, Dimo Ivanov2, Benedikt A Poser2, and Peter A Bandettini1

1Section of Functional Imaging Methods, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, United States, 2MBIC, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands

We present a fast new method for obtaining quantitative T1 maps with high spatial (1 mm) and temporal resolutions (3 s). This method can be useful to investigate morphological dynamics of brain GM, e.g. during brain activity changes, plasticity changes, or pathology. The robustness of the developed method is demonstrated with a finger tapping fMRI experiment. We report a functional GM T1 increase of up to 100 ms, and a GM thickness increase by up to 0.25 mm.

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