Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Elicits Coupled Neural and Hemodynamic Consequences

ArticleinScience 317(5846):1918-21 · October 2007with110 Reads
Impact Factor: 33.61 · DOI: 10.1126/science.1146426 · Source: PubMed

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an increasingly common technique used to selectively modify neural processing. However, application of TMS is limited by uncertainty concerning its physiological effects. We applied TMS to the cat visual cortex and evaluated the neural and hemodynamic consequences. Short TMS pulse trains elicited initial activation (∼1 minute) and prolonged suppression (5 to 10 minutes) of neural responses. Furthermore, TMS disrupted the temporal structure of activity by altering phase relationships between neural signals. Despite the complexity of this response, neural changes were faithfully reflected in hemodynamic signals; quantitative coupling was present over a range of stimulation parameters. These results demonstrate long-lasting neural responses to TMS and support the use of hemodynamic-based neuroimaging to effectively monitor these changes over time.


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    • "Stimulation intensity was also customized, on a site-and subject-specific basis, to account for variations in the distance between coil and cortical target location. Moreover, the single-pulse intervention, at a relatively modest intensity, ensures that only neuronal populations directly under the coil that are already activated by the task are effectively perturbed, whereas neighboring or uninvolved neuronal populations are more likely to remain functionally unaffected (Allen et al., 2007). The different methods used to localize the TMS targets for EBA (subject-specific fMRI) and IPS (average stereotaxic coordinates from earlier studies) could, however, have introduced a bias toward stronger detection power for EBA stimulation compared with IPS stimulation (Sack et al., 2009). "
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    • "In addition to providing novel insight into the mechanisms of arousal regulation by central thalamus , our study offers important insight into the cellular origins of the fMRI BOLD signal. While there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that negative BOLD signals reflect local decreases in neuronal activity (Shmuel et al., 2006; Pasley et al., 2007; Allen et al., 2007; Devor et al., 2007; Sotero and Trujillo-Barreto, 2007), the nature of this signal remains a subject of debate and holds significant potential for the interpretation of functional imaging studies (Schridde et al., 2008; Ekstrom, 2010). It has been shown that different sensory stimuli can evoke positive and negative BOLD signals in the same cortical area, which are linked to increases and decreases in neural activity, respectively (Shmuel et al., 2006). "
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