MRI guided brain stimulation without the use of a neuro-navigation system.
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A key issue in the field of noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) is the accurate localization of scalp positions that correspond to targeted cortical areas. The current gold standard is to combine structural and functional brain imaging with a commercially available “neuronavigation” system. However, neuronavigation systems are not commonplace outside of specialized research environments. Here we describe a technique that allows for the use of participant-specific functional and structural MRI data to guide NIBS without a neuronavigation system. Surface mesh representations of the head were generated using Brain Voyager and vectors linking key anatomical landmarks were drawn on the mesh. Our technique was then used to calculate the precise distances on the scalp corresponding to these vectors. These calculations were verified using actual measurements of the head and the technique was used to identify a scalp position corresponding to a brain area localized using functional MRI.
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Ehsan Vaghefi, Peng Cai, Fang Fang, Winston D. Byblow, Cathy M. Stinear, Benjamin Thompson (2015). MRI guided brain stimulation without the use of a neuro-navigation system.. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/11515
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