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J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2004 May;24(5):518-25.

Spatiotemporal quantification of cerebral blood flow during functional activation in rat somatosensory cortex using laser-speckle flowmetry.

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Departments of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. durduran@stwing.upenn.edu

Abstract

Laser-speckle flowmetry was used to characterize activation flow coupling after electrical somatosensory stimulation of forepaw and hindpaw in the rat. Quantification of functional activation was made with high transverse spatial (microm) and temporal (msec) resolution. Different activation levels and duration of stimulation were quantitatively investigated, and were in good agreement with previous laser-Doppler measurements. Interestingly, the magnitude but not the overall shape of the response was found to scale with stimulus amplitude and the distance from the activation centroid. The results provide new insights about the spatial characteristics of cerebral blood flow response to functional activation, and the method should lead to improved understanding of the coupling of neuronal activity and hemodynamics under normal and pathologic conditions.

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