Kevin L Berger

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1. To identify the forebrain and brain stem structures that are active during the perception of acute heat pain in humans, we performed H2 15O positron emission tomographic (PET) analyses of cerebral blood flow (CBF) on nine normal volunteers while they received repetitive noxious (50 degrees C) and innocuous (40 degrees C) 5 s heat pulses to the forearm(More)
The cortical regions specialized in speech-language exhibit a left-right asymmetry, e.g., a larger cortical size in the left auditory cortex and Wernicke's area. The possibility of developmental asymmetry in axonal fibers interconnecting speech-language cortical areas can be investigated by in vivo diffusion tensor imaging. Fifteen right-handed native(More)
We applied a multi-modal imaging approach to examine structural and functional alterations in the default-mode network (DMN) that are associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), a transitional phase between healthy cognitive aging and dementia. Subjects included 10 patients with probable AD, 11 patients with aMCI,(More)
The display and analysis of functional brain images often benefit from head rotational correction and centering. An automated method was developed to align brain PET images into a standard three-dimensional orientation. The algorithm performs transverse and coronal rotational correction as well as centering of a brain image set. Optimal rotational(More)
A technique has been developed for automated detection of the intercommissural (AC-PC) line for positron emission tomography (PET). The AC-PC line is estimated from the location of four internal landmarks; the frontal and occipital poles, the inferior aspect of the anterior corpus callosum, and the subthalamic point. The landmarks are detected automatically(More)
Summation analysis strategies are recognized throughout diverse scientific fields as powerful means of differentially enhancing experimental signals over random fluctuations (noise). Such techniques, applied to emission tomographic cerebral blood flow scans, reveal subtle alterations in neuronal activity during specific behavioral states. In the present(More)
BACKGROUND Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) affect the limbic system, causing medial temporal lobe (MTL) atrophy and posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) hypometabolism. Additionally, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies have demonstrated that MCI and AD involve alterations in cerebral white matter (WM) integrity. OBJECTIVES To(More)
CONTEXT Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging provides better detail of the breast than either mammography or ultrasound imaging and can be a valuable adjunct to other imaging techniques, particularly for small lesions, in dense or augmented breasts and for treatment planning. OBJECTIVE To illustrate some common technical problems encountered(More)
Intestinal perfusion studies performed in man have suggested that amino acid nitrogen may be absorbed more rapidly from peptides than free amino acids. The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of the oral administration of peptides and free amino acids. Two isonitrogenous liquid test meals, one containing 50 g of a partial enzymic hydrolysate(More)