Time course EPI of human brain function during task activation. Magn Reson Med

Department of Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 53226.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.57). 07/1992; 25(2):390-7.
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Using gradient-echo echo-planar MRI, a local signal increase of 4.3 +/- 0.3% is observed in the human brain during task activation, suggesting a local decrease in blood deoxyhemoglobin concentration and an increase in blood oxygenation. Images highlighting areas of signal enhancement temporally correlated to the task are created.

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