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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911950/a-specialized-multi-transmit-head-coil-for-high-resolution-fmri-of-the-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
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Shubharthi Sengupta, Alard Roebroeck, Valentin G Kemper, Benedikt A Poser, Jan Zimmermann, Rainer Goebel, Gregor Adriany
PURPOSE: To design, construct and validate radiofrequency (RF) transmit and receive phased array coils for high-resolution visual cortex imaging at 7 Tesla. METHODS: A 4 channel transmit and 16 channel receive array was constructed on a conformal polycarbonate former. Transmit field efficiency and homogeneity were simulated and validated, along with the Specific Absorption Rate, using [Formula: see text] mapping techniques and electromagnetic simulations. Receiver signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), temporal SNR (tSNR) across EPI time series, g-factors for accelerated imaging and noise correlations were evaluated and compared with a commercial 32 channel whole head coil...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910866/biomechanical-analysis-of-normal-brain-development-during-the-first-year-of-life-using-finite-strain-theory
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Jeong Chul Kim, Li Wang, Dinggang Shen, Weili Lin
The first year of life is the most critical time period for structural and functional development of the human brain. Combining longitudinal MR imaging and finite strain theory, this study aimed to provide new insights into normal brain development through a biomechanical framework. Thirty-three normal infants were longitudinally imaged using MRI from 2 weeks to 1 year of age. Voxel-wise Jacobian determinant was estimated to elucidate volumetric changes while Lagrange strains (both normal and shear strains) were measured to reveal directional growth information every 3 months during the first year of life...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899123/a-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-investigation-of-visual-hallucinations-in-the-human-striate-cortex
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Hina Abid, Fayyaz Ahmad, Soo Y Lee, Hyun W Park, Dongmi Im, Iftikhar Ahmad, Safee U Chaudhary
PURPOSE: Human beings frequently experience fear, phobia, migraine and hallucinations, however, the cerebral mechanisms underpinning these conditions remain poorly understood. Towards this goal, in this work, we aim to correlate the human ocular perceptions with visual hallucinations, and map them to their cerebral origins. METHODS: An fMRI study was performed to examine the visual cortical areas including the striate, parastriate and peristriate cortex in the occipital lobe of the human brain...
November 29, 2016: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878764/the-involvement-of-supratentorial-white-matter-in-multiple-system-atrophy-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-tractography-study
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Po-Shan Wang, Chien-Li Yeh, Chia-Feng Lu, Hsiu-Mei Wu, Bing-Wen Soong, Yu-Te Wu
It has been assumed that cognitive disorder and visual-spatial disturbance in multiple system atrophy of the predominantly cerebellar type (MSA-C) are attributable to degradation of cerebellar function. The purpose of this study was to use diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography to determine if patients with MSA-C characterized in part by visual-spatial disorders and cognitive disorders have changes of the structural connectivity network of nerve fibers, and to further describe the structural connectivity network...
November 23, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873557/face-processing-in-adolescents-with-positive-and-negative-threat-bias
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C M Sylvester, S E Petersen, J L Luby, D M Barch
BACKGROUND: Individuals with anxiety disorders exhibit a 'vigilance-avoidance' pattern of attention to threatening stimuli when threatening and neutral stimuli are presented simultaneously, a phenomenon referred to as 'threat bias'. Modifying threat bias through cognitive retraining during adolescence reduces symptoms of anxiety, and so elucidating neural mechanisms of threat bias during adolescence is of high importance. We explored neural mechanisms by testing whether threat bias in adolescents is associated with generalized or threat-specific differences in the neural processing of faces...
November 22, 2016: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871435/resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-subthalamic-nucleus-in-different-parkinson-s-disease-phenotypes
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Zhan Wang, Huimin Chen, Huizi Ma, Lingyan Ma, Tao Wu, Tao Feng
Previous studies showed that the subthalamic nucleus (STN) plays a crucial role in Parkinson's disease (PD) pathophysiology. During rest, PD phenotypes exhibit different STN functional connectivity. STN functional connectivity was examined in 31 PD patients [12 tremor-dominant (TD) and 19 posture instability gait difficulty (PIGD)] and 22 healthy controls (HC). Compared with controls and PIGD patients, the TD patients exhibited higher functional connectivity between the bilateral STN and the left cerebellar anterior lobe...
December 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870417/gender-differences-in-neural-correlates-of-stress-induced-anxiety
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Dongju Seo, Aneesha Ahluwalia, Marc N Potenza, Rajita Sinha
Although gender differences have been identified as a crucial factor for understanding stress-related anxiety and associated clinical disorders, the neural mechanisms underlying these differences remain unclear. To explore gender differences in the neural correlates of stress-induced anxiety, the current study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine brain responses in 96 healthy men and women with commensurable levels of trait anxiety as they engaged in a personalized guided imagery paradigm to provoke stress and neutral-relaxing experiences...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869064/transdiagnostic-brain-responses-to-disorder-related-threat-across-four-psychiatric-disorders
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K Feldker, C Y Heitmann, P Neumeister, S V Tupak, E Schrammen, R Moeck, P Zwitserlood, M Bruchmann, T Straube
BACKGROUND: There is an ongoing debate whether transdiagnostic neural mechanisms are shared by different anxiety-related disorders or whether different disorders show distinct neural correlates. To investigate this issue, studies controlling for design and stimuli across multiple anxiety-related disorders are needed. METHOD: The present functional magnetic resonance imaging study investigated neural correlates of visual disorder-related threat processing across unmedicated patients suffering from panic disorder (n = 20), social anxiety disorder (n = 20), dental phobia (n = 16) and post-traumatic stress disorder (n = 11) relative to healthy controls (HC; n = 67)...
November 21, 2016: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859451/altered-spontaneous-brain-activity-in-cushing-s-disease-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
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Hong Jiang, Na-Ying He, Yu-Hao Sun, Fang-Fang Jian, Liu-Guan Bian, Jian-Kang Shen, Fu-Hua Yan, Si-Jian Pan, Qing-Fang Sun
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Cushing's disease (CD) provides a unique and naturalist model for studying the influence of hypercortisolism on the human brain and the reversibility of these effects after resolution of the condition. This cross-sectional study used resting state fMRI (rs-fMRI) to investigate the altered spontaneous brain activity in CD patients and the trends for potential reversibility after the resolution of the hypercortisolism. We also aim to determine the relationship of these changes with clinical characteristics and cortisol levels...
November 8, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848148/disrupted-functional-connectivity-density-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-patients
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Yifei Weng, Rongfeng Qi, Chang Liu, Jun Ke, Qiang Xu, Fangyu Wang, Long Jiang Zhang, Guang Ming Lu
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder resulting from a dysregulation of the brain-gut axis. However, its exact neural substrate still remains unclear. This study investigated the changes of intrinsic whole brain functional connectivity pattern in IBS using functional connectivity density (FCD). We acquired resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) data from thirty-two IBS patients and thirty-two healthy controls. Functional connectivity density, a data-driven algorithm, was used to compute the long-range and short-range FCD values for each voxel in the brain of each subject, implying the amount of distant and local functional connections of cortical hubs...
November 15, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813284/functional-connectivity-alterations-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-a-multimodal-mri-study
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S Kharabian Masouleh, S Herzig, L Klose, E Roggenhofer, H Tenckhoff, T Kaiser, A Thöne-Otto, M Wiese, T Berg, M L Schroeter, D S Margulies, A Villringer
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with fatigue and depression. Cognitive impairments are also reported in a smaller number of HCV-positive patients. Recent studies linked HCV to low-grade inflammation in brain. Here, we test the hypothesis that chronic HCV is associated with 3T-neuroimaging-derived grey matter volume (GMV) and functional connectivity alterations in a sample of chronic HCV (1b), without severe liver disease. Regional GMV and resting-state fMRI-derived eigenvector centrality (EC) were compared between 19 HCV-positive patients and 23 healthy controls (all females, 50-69 and 52-64 years, respectively), controlling for white matter hyperintensities and age...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792961/effectiveness-of-cognitive-coping-therapy-and-alteration-of-resting-state-brain-function-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Hong-Zeng Zhao, Chang-Hong Wang, Zhong-Zhan Gao, Jian-Dong Ma, Ping Huang, Heng-Fen Li, De-En Sang, Xiao-Wen Shan, Shao-Jie Kou, Zhi-Rong Li, Li Ma, Zhao-Hui Zhang, Jian-Hong Zhang, Hua Ouyang, Hong-Kai Lian, Yu-Feng Zang, Xian-Zhang Hu
BACKGROUND: Cognitive-coping therapy (CCT), integrating cognitive theory with stress-coping theory, is an efficacious therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, the potential brain mediation for the effectiveness remains unclear. We sought to investigate differences of resting-state brain function between OCD and healthy controls and if such differences would be changed by a four-week CCT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-one OCD patients were recruited and randomized into CCT (n=15) and pharmacotherapy plus CCT (pCCT, n=16) groups, together with 25 age-, gender- and education-matched healthy controls...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792884/altered-basal-ganglia-cortical-functional-connections-in-frontal-lobe-epilepsy-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Li Dong, Pu Wang, Rui Peng, Sisi Jiang, Benjamin Klugah-Brown, Cheng Luo, Dezhong Yao
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate alterations of basal ganglia-cortical functional connections in patients with frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE). METHOD: Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data were gathered from 19 FLE patients and 19 age- and gender-matched healthy controls. Functional connectivity (FC) analysis was used to assess the functional connections between basal ganglia and cerebral cortex. Regions of interest, including the left/right caudate, putamen, pallidum and thalamus, were selected as the seeds...
December 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790130/a-case-of-hydranencephaly-in-which-ophthalmic-examinations-were-performed
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Shohei Eda, Tomoko Terai, Yuko Nishikawa, Masahiro Tonari, Teruyo Kida, Hidehiro Oku, Jun Sugasawa, Shuichi Shimakawa, Masashi Hasegawa, Tohru Ogihara, Tsunehiko Ikeda
PURPOSE: We performed ophthalmic examinations, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), on a case diagnosed with hydranencephaly. CASE REPORT: This case involved a female infant born at the gestational age of 35 weeks and 4 days, with the birth weight of 2,152 g, who was one of monochorionic diamniotic twins, and the identical twin died in utero at the gestational age of 24 weeks. After that, examination by fetal echo indicated that she had microcephaly and ventriculomegaly...
September 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763967/functional-mri-correlates-of-resting-state-temporal-theta-and-delta-eeg-rhythms
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Rohit Marawar, Hsiang J Yeh, Chris Carnabatu, John M Stern
INTRODUCTION: The EEG rhythms demonstrate changes in frequency and power with spontaneous changes in behavioral state that do not have well understood metabolic correlates within the brain. To investigate this question and compare the temporal lobe theta and delta rhythms, resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) was obtained with simultaneous EEG. METHODS: Simultaneous EEG-fMRI was recorded from 14 healthy, sleep-deprived subjects in awake and drowsy states. Scalp electrodes corresponding to bilateral temporal lobes were used to calculate delta and theta band power...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761397/interhemispheric-connectivity-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-near-infrared-spectroscopy-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Klaus Kopitzki, Andreas Oldag, Catherine M Sweeney-Reed, Judith Machts, Maria Veit, Jörn Kaufmann, Hermann Hinrichs, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Katja Kollewe, Susanne Petri, Bahram Mohammadi, Reinhard Dengler, Andreas R Kupsch, Stefan Vielhaber
PURPOSE: Aim of the present study was to investigate potential impairment of non-motor areas in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). In particular, we evaluated whether homotopic resting-state functional connectivity (rs-FC) of non-motor associated cortical areas correlates with clinical parameters and disease-specific degeneration of the corpus callosum (CC) in ALS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Interhemispheric homotopic rs-FC was assessed in 31 patients and 30 healthy controls (HCs) for 8 cortical sites, from prefrontal to occipital cortex, using NIRS...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723821/abnormal-intrinsic-functional-hubs-in-severe-male-obstructive-sleep-apnea-evidence-from-a-voxel-wise-degree-centrality-analysis
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Haijun Li, Lan Li, Yi Shao, Honghan Gong, Wei Zhang, Xianjun Zeng, Chenglong Ye, Si Nie, Liting Chen, Dechang Peng
PURPOSE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been associated with changes in brain structure and regional function in certain brain areas. However, the functional features of network organization in the whole brain remain largely uncertain. The purpose of this study was to identify the OSA-related spatial centrality distribution of the whole brain functional network and to investigate the potential altered intrinsic functional hubs. METHODS: Forty male patients with newly confirmed severe OSA on polysomnography, and well-matched good sleepers, participated in this study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721745/subcomponents-and-connectivity-of-the-inferior-fronto-occipital-fasciculus-revealed-by-diffusion-spectrum-imaging-fiber-tracking
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Yupeng Wu, Dandan Sun, Yong Wang, Yibao Wang
The definitive structure and functional role of the inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus (IFOF) are still controversial. In this study, we aimed to investigate the connectivity, asymmetry, and segmentation patterns of this bundle. High angular diffusion spectrum imaging (DSI) analysis was performed on 10 healthy adults and a 90-subject DSI template (NTU-90 Atlas). In addition, a new tractography approach based on the anatomic subregions and two regions of interest (ROI) was evaluated for the fiber reconstructions...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717835/a-resting-state-fmri-study-on-early-stage-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-drooling
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Yanbing Hou, Chunyan Luo, Jing Yang, Wei Song, Ruwei Ou, Wanglin Liu, Qiyong Gong, Huifang Shang
OBJECTIVE: Drooling is a common symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD). This study used resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) to evaluate the brain connectivity of cortico-striatal circuits in PD patients with drooling. METHOD: We enrolled 30 early-stage drug-naïve PD patients and 30 matched normal controls. Among the PD patients, 15 patients were classified as "droolers" with the presence of drooling and 15 patients as "non-droolers" with the absence of drooling. All participants underwent resting-state fMRI scans on a 3-T MR system, focusing on the functional connectivity of striatum subregions...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717830/duration-of-untreated-illness-as-a-key-to-early-intervention-in-schizophrenia-a-review
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Andrea Murru, Bernardo Carpiniello
The first psychotic episode is classically viewed as a critical period which management is important in determining the long-term outcome of the schizophrenia (SCZ). For this reason, the duration of untreated illness (DUI), defined as the interval between the onset of the psychiatric disorder and the administration of the first pharmacological treatment, is a clinical variable that has been increasingly investigated due to its potentially modifiable nature and its value as a predictor of outcome. DUI is poorly applicable and highly unreliable in psychosis...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
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