An MRI-compatible robotic arm was developed to provide a precise fiber positioning for optogenetic fMRI of the rat brain. Corpus callosum connects two hemispheres through a thin sheet of spreading fiber bundle with only a few hundred micron thickness in the brain. This work shows that MgRA can guide fiber optic to precisely target the callosal fiber bundles. The optogenetically driven callosal axonal fiber-mediated neural activity leads to strong antidromic activation in the hemisphere with callosal neurons expressing ChR2 by fMRI.
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