High fidelity tonotopic mapping using swept source functional magnetic resonance imaging

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Author(s)

  • Matthew M. Cheung
  • Iris Y. Zhou
  • Kevin C. Chan
  • Jevin W. Zhang
  • Shu-Juan Fan
  • Ed X. Wu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)978-986
Journal / PublicationNeuroImage
Volume61
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Tonotopy, the topographic encoding of sound frequency, is the fundamental property of the auditory system. Invasive techniques lack the spatial coverage or frequency resolution to rigorously investigate tonotopy. Conventional auditory fMRI is corrupted by significant image distortion, sporadic acoustic noise and inadequate frequency resolution. We developed an efficient and high fidelity auditory fMRI method that integrates continuous frequency sweeping stimulus, distortion free MRI sequence with stable scanner noise and Fourier analysis. We demonstrated this swept source imaging (SSI) in the rat inferior colliculus and obtained tonotopic maps with ~. 2. kHz resolution and 40. kHz bandwidth. The results were vastly superior to those obtained by conventional fMRI mapping approach and in excellent agreement with invasive findings. We applied SSI to examine tonotopic injury following developmental noise exposure and observed that the tonotopic organization was significantly disrupted. With SSI, we also observed the subtle effects of sound pressure level on tonotopic maps, reflecting the complex neuronal responses associated with asymmetric tuning curves. This in vivo and noninvasive technique will greatly facilitate future investigation of tonotopic plasticity and disorders and auditory information processing. SSI can also be adapted to study topographic organization in other sensory systems such as retinotopy and somatotopy. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • FMRI, Inferior colliculus, Tonotopy

Citation Format(s)

High fidelity tonotopic mapping using swept source functional magnetic resonance imaging. / Cheung, Matthew M.; Lau, Condon; Zhou, Iris Y.; Chan, Kevin C.; Zhang, Jevin W.; Fan, Shu-Juan; Wu, Ed X.

In: NeuroImage, Vol. 61, No. 4, 16.07.2012, p. 978-986.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review