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Abstract #1354

Distinguish hemodynamic responses at the white matter tract from the laminar-specific gray matter fMRI signal with line-scanning fMRI

Sangcheon Choi1,2, Hang Zeng1,2, Bharat Biswal3, Bruce R. Rosen4, and Xin Yu1,4
1Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany, 2Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience, Tuebingen, Germany, 3Department of Biomedical Engineering, NJIT, Newark, NJ, United States, 4MGH/MIT/HMS Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States

We applied line-scanning fMRI to investigate evoked hemodynamic responses in both laminar-specific gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) in rats. Based on the WM-specific cross-correlation lag time to the laminar-specific fMRI signal, distinct WM hemodynamic responses were characterized across animals, showing a biphasic HRF with earlier lag times and a monophasic HRF with later lag times. Also, the lag-time dependent HRFs were detected in the subcortical area under the WM. Elucidating neurovascular coupling characteristics of distinct WM hemodynamic responses may help understand the progression of WM-related diseases, e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS) or small vessel disease (SVD).

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