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Abstract #1119

Validation of spinal cord fMRI with LFP and spike activity in non-human primates

Tung-Lin Wu1,2, Pai-Feng Yang1,3, Feng Wang1,3, Zhaoyue Shi1,2, Arabinda Mishra1,3, Ruiqi Wu1, Li Min Chen1,3, and John C Gore1,2,3

1Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, Nashville, TN, United States, 2Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States, 3Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, United States

Stimulus-driven and resting-state fMRI BOLD signals have previously been reported in the spinal cord to delineate its functional architecture. However, validation of these resting-state findings has yet to be performed. In this study, we compared spinal fMRI results with electrophysiology (LFP and spike activity) in non-human primates and found that 1) signals elicited by stimulation occur predominantly in the ipsilateral dorsal horn and only in the appropriate segments 2) resting-state dorsal-dorsal functional connectivity is significantly greater than that in dorsal-to-intermediate-gray-matter, and 3) resting-state functional connectivity is spatially constrained to two spinal segments.

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