Evaluation of various somatosensory stimulations for functional MRI

Kazushi Hara, Hiroaki Shimizu, Nobukazu Nakasato, Kazuo Mizoi, Takashi Yoshimoto

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The aim of this functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study was to test detectability of activated area using various somatosensory stimulations. The following stimulations were performed in normal volunteers: regular or irregular electrical median nerve stimulation (n = 5, each), tactile stimulation to the palm and fingers (n = 8), pain stimulation to the index finger (n = 5) or to the palm and fingers (n = 5). fMRI was acquired with a spoiled gradient echo sequence at 1.5 T. Detectability of activated area was the highest when the pain stimulation was applied to the palm and fingers (80%). A successful rate for the tactile stimulation was 25%, and the other stimulations failed to demonstrate any activation. When successful, the highest signal activation on fMRI was seen on a sulcus which presumably arose from a vein. The sulcus was defined as the central sulcus by somatosensory evoked field using a median nerve stimulation. Our study indicates that the palm stimulation to the palm and fingers may be a choice for the sensory fMRI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalBrain and Nerve
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan


  • functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • human
  • somatosensory evoked field
  • somatosensory stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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