Study of the spinal cord and brainstem functional activation in response to a controlled motor task using fMRI.
Maugeri L. Moraschi M., Summers P., Favilla S., Cedola A., Porro C. A., Fratini M., Giove F.
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has been sparsely attempted for the study of the spinal cord function, however, obtaining good functional images of the spinal cord (SC) still represents a technical and scientific challenge. Some of the main limiting factors can be classified under the broad category of physiological noise. In this framework, we have developed an analysis protocol to study the motor pathway activation on spinal cord and Brainstem, aimed to solve some of the problems related to physiological and movements artifacts in SC and Brainstem fMRI. We found a congruent task-related fMRI.