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Hence greater activation is associated with greater signal intensity in BOLD fMRI. In this first human study, V1 was again shown to be activated during photic stimulation in seven volunteers, while M1 was found to be activated during repetitive contralateral hand squeezing. BOLD fMRI rapidly established itself as a standard noninvasive functional neuroimaging technique, and it is now in widespread use. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy From a neuroimaging viewpoint, nuclei that can interact usefully with the strong magnetic field of an MRI scanner include protons (1H), 19-fluorine, 31-phosphorus, and 13carbon; the last of these is an isotope with an abundance of just over 1 percent in naturally occurring carbon.

27 To improve the signal-to-noise ratio, multiple readings are taken. As the noise is assumed to be random, successive additions of the readings lead to relative enhancement of the true signals against a diminishing background of noise signals, which tend to cancel each other out. Furthermore, in a given molecule, all the protons do not usually resonate at the same frequency, and all the 31-phosphorus nuclei do not usually resonate at another single frequency (different from that for the protons).

These fibers form the fan-shaped arrangement of white matter known as the corona radiata (vide supra). As the corona radiata appears as a curved linear area of low attenuation on computed tomography (CT) scans of the brain, it is also known as the centrum semiovale, particularly in the field of structural neuroimaging. As mentioned in the above section on the basal ganglia, corticalÁstriatalÁ thalamicÁcortical loops are likely to subserve many important functions. These and similar loops of importance in neuropsychiatry include the DLPFCÁstriatalÁthalamicÁ DLPFC loop for executive functions, the anterior cingulate cortexÁstriatalÁthalamicÁanterior cingulate cortex loop for attention, the orbitofrontal cortexÁcaudateÁthalamicÁorbitofrontal cortex loop for impulsivity, and possibly an anterior cingulate cortexÁnucleus accumbensÁthalamicÁanterior cingulate cortex loop for some aspects of emotion.

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