Mapping cortical columnar structures using fMRI

Seong Gi Kim, Timothy Q. Duong

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Mapping cortical columnar structures is important to understand cortical information processing. To map submillimeter columnar structures noninvasively, we have evaluated various functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques using a well-established feline orientation column model. The conventional positive blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) signal is widespread and diffuse due to large venous vessel contributions, resulting in its poor specificity to columns. However, the early-negative BOLD signal is induced by the early oxygen consumption increase without significant change in blood flow. This negative signal has been successfully applied for columnar mapping. Tissue-specific cerebral blood flow (CBF) response is also specific to individual cortical columns, suggesting that parenchyma-specific fMRI techniques are capable to map individual single-condition functional cortical columns in animals as well as humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-644
Number of pages4
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain mapping
  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Columns
  • Dip
  • Functional MRI
  • Maps
  • Perfusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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