A method for imaging neuromuscular coupling and sensory processing with magnetic resonance imaging (“MRI”) is provided. More specifically, a method for examining the control that a subject's brain has over muscular motion, including both prompted and incidental actions, is provided. A dynamic acquisition is performed to rapidly acquire anatomical images of a desired muscle. This dynamic acquisition is interleaved with a functional acquisition that targets the cortical areas that are responsible for controlling, or processing, signals from the desired muscular region. By interleaving these two acquisitions, synchronized image information about the motion of the muscle along with the neuronal activity associated with the control of the muscle is acquired. Interleaving these data acquisitions also allows imaging of brain and muscle at substantially the same time, thereby reducing errors and pinpointing activity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|U.S. patent number||8659294|
|State||Published - Feb 25 2014|