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Am J Psychiatry. 1998 Jan;155(1):124-6.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging of human brain activation during cue-induced cocaine craving.

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  • 1Brain Imaging Center, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA 02178, USA. lcmaas@mclean.harvard.edu



Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to test whether brain activation was detectable in regions previously associated with cocaine cue-induced craving.


Blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) functional activation was measured during presentation of audiovisual stimuli containing alternating intervals of drug-related and neutral scenes to six male subjects with a history of crack cocaine use and six male comparison subjects.


Significant activation was detected in the anterior cingulate and left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the cocaine-using group. In addition, a correlation between self-reported levels of craving and activation in these regions was found.


These results suggest that functional MRI may be a useful tool to study the neurobiological basis of cue-induced craving.

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