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Abstract #0682

Simulated fMRI responses using human Vascular Anatomical Network models with varying architecture and dynamics

Grant Hartung1,2, Joerg Pfannmoeller1,2, Avery J. L. Berman1,2, 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, 3Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States


We utilized a synthesis algorithm to generate a vascular anatomical network model for the human cortex to act as a basis for biophysical simulations of the fMRI response. We identified key features of the vascular topology needed to generate realistic BOLD responses with this model. We used this model to show how parametric variations in vascular architecture affect the BOLD responses across cortical depths. Finally we investigated approaches to translate arteriolar dilation patterns recorded from the mouse cortex to our human model and found that they may not be capable of capturing the distinct hemodynamic response observed in human fMRI data.

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