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Abstract #3823

Study of the Spinal Cord  BOLD functional response

Michela Fratini1,2, Mauro Di Nuzzo2, Marta Moraschi3, Laura Maugeri2,4, fabio mangini2, daniele mascali3, and federico giove3
1CNR-Nanotec, Roma, Italy, 2fondazione Santa Lucia, Roma, Italy, 3centro fermi, Roma, Italy, 4CNR-Nanotec, piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Italy

Spinal Cord Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) techniques are widely exploited for the study of brain activation. Similar approaches have been repeatedly attempted in the spinal cord, but spinal cord fMRI has not yet affirmed as habitual tool for the assessment of spinal cord function. One of the reasons is that the features of the functional contrast are still partially unknown. In the present work, we study the relationship between the intensity of the motor stimulation (performing a controlled motor task with the dominant hand ) and the amplitude of the functional response in healthy

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