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High field (> or =7 T) MRI studies based on signal phase have been used to improve visualization of the fine structure of the brain, most notably the major white matter fiber bundles, the gray-white matter subdivision, and the laminar cortical architecture. The observed contrast has been attributed in part to local variations in magnetic susceptibility(More)
The specificity of the hemodynamic response function (HRF) is determined spatially by the vascular architecture and temporally by the evolution of hemodynamic changes. The stimulus duration has additional influence on the spatiotemporal evolution of the HRF, as brief stimuli elicit responses that engage only the local vasculature, whereas long stimuli lead(More)
Functional neuroimaging in animal models is essential for understanding the principles of neurovascular coupling and the physiological basis of fMRI signals that are widely used to study sensory and cognitive processing in the human brain. While hemodynamic responses to sensory stimuli have been characterized in humans, animal studies are able to combine(More)
It has been generally suggested that chewing produces an enhancing effect on cognitive performance-related aspects of memory by the test battery. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that chewing is associated with activation of various brain regions, including the prefrontal cortex. However, little is known about the relation between cognitive(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) with (15)O tracers provides essential information in patients with cerebral vascular disorders, such as cerebral blood flow (CBF), oxygen extraction fraction (OEF), and metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO(2)). However, most of techniques require an additional C(15)O scan for compensating cerebral blood volume (CBV). We aimed to(More)
OBJECTIVE In a typical single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) system, intrinsic spatial resolution depends on the accuracy of the identification of an interacting point, which is dominated by propagation of the scintillation photons in the detector block. This study was intended to establish a Monte Carlo simulation-based evaluation tool taking(More)
Several animal studies have demonstrated functional roles of dopamine (DA) D1 and D2 receptors in amygdala activity. However, the contribution of DA D1 and D2 receptors to amygdala response induced by affective stimuli in human is unknown. To investigate the contribution of DA receptor subtypes to amygdala reactivity in human, we conducted a multimodal in(More)
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in eight healthy human subjects, the present study measured blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) signals during clenching in a malocclusion model, using a custom-made splint that forced the mandible to a retrusive position and a splint of no modification for control, and compared the results to the BOLD(More)
UNLABELLED A pig model of reduced left ventricular (LV) function and remodeling or chronic heart failure with long survival after myocardial infarction (MI) has not been established. The aim of this study was to evaluate the pathophysiologic status of a pig model of old MI using a series of PET studies. METHODS Twenty-seven male farm pigs were divided(More)
BACKGROUND Patient movement has been considered an important source of errors in cardiac PET. This study was aimed at evaluating the effects of such movement on myocardial blood flow (MBF) and perfusable tissue fraction (PTF) measurements in intravenous ¹⁵O-water PET. METHODS Nineteen ¹⁵O-water scans were performed on ten healthy volunteers and three(More)