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Abstract #0390

Improved spatial specificity of the early positive BOLD response observed with high-resolution fMRI at 3T

Anna I Blazejewska1,2, Shahin Nasr1,2, and Jonathan R Polimeni1,2,3

1Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States, 2Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 3Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States

Previous studies have demonstrated improved spatial specificity of conventional BOLD fMRI when restricting the analysis to the initial dip, however recent evidence suggests that it may be possible to achieve high specificity by restricting the analysis to the early phase of the response. Here we tested this concept by employing a spatial resolution test pattern in the visual cortex and observed the evolution of this pattern over time in signal subjects. We find that the spatial pattern of the early stages of the BOLD response appear to exhibit improved spatial specificity.

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