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Neuroimage. 2002 Aug;16(4):985-92.

T(2)(*) dependence of low frequency functional connectivity.

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Department of Applied Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA.


Resting state low frequency (<0.08 Hz) fluctuations in MR timecourses that are temporally correlated between functionally related areas have been observed in recent studies. These fluctuations have been assumed to arise from spontaneous blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) oscillations. This work examines the T(2)(*) characteristics of the low frequency fluctuations (functional connectivity) and compares them to those of task activation induced signal changes. Multi-echo spiral data were fit using a mono-exponential decay model to generate T(2)(*) and intensity (I(0)) parameter timecourses. Resultant correlation maps show that both functional connectivity and BOLD activation modulate T(2)(*), not I(0). Regression analysis also finds that both have a linear dependence on echo time. Thus, functional connectivity and task activation MR signal changes appear to arise from the same BOLD-related origins.

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