A multi-modal approach to functional neuroimaging
Brookes, Matthew Jon (2005) A multi-modal approach to functional neuroimaging. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The work undertaken involves the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) as separate but complementary non-invasive functional brain imaging modalities. The aim in combining fMRI and MEG is centred around exploitation of the high temporal resolution available in MEG, and the high spatial resolution available in fMRI. However, whilst MEG represents a direct measure of neuronal activity, BOLD fMRI is an indirect measure and this makes the two modalities truly complementary. In both cases, the imaging signals measured are relatively poorly understood and so the fundamental question asked here is: How are the neuromagnetic effects detectable using MEG related to the metabolic effects reflected in the fMRI BOLD response?
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