4 March 2013 High resolution functional photoacoustic computed tomography of the mouse brain during electrical stimulation
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Abstract
Photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT) is an emerging imaging technique which is based on the acoustic detection of optical absorption from tissue chromophores, such as oxy-hemoglobin and deoxy-hemoglobin. An important application of PACT is functional brain imaging of small animals. The conversion of light to acoustic waves allows PACT to provide high resolution images of cortical vasculatures through the intact scalp. Here, PACT was utilized to study the activated areas of the mouse brain during forepaw and hindpaw stimulations. Temporal PACT images were acquired enabling computation of hemodynamic changes during stimulation. The stimulations were performed by trains of pulses at different stimulation currents (between 0.1 to 2 mA) and pulse repetition rates (between 0.05 Hz to 0.01Hz). The response at somatosensory cortex-forelimb, and somatosensory cortex-hindlimb, were investigated. The Paxinos mouse brain atlas was used to confirm the activated regions. The study shows that PACT is a promising new technology that can be used to study brain functionality with high spatial resolution.
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Mohammad R. N. Avanaki, Mohammad R. N. Avanaki, Jun Xia, Jun Xia, Lihong V. Wang, Lihong V. Wang, } "High resolution functional photoacoustic computed tomography of the mouse brain during electrical stimulation ", Proc. SPIE 8581, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2013, 85813K (4 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004737; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2004737
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