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Localizing the Human Primary Auditory Cortex in vivo using Structural MRI

1Special-Lab Non-Invasive Brain Imaging, Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg, Germany.
2Athinoula A Martinos Center, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
Elsevier Science
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Pt 2
Neuroimage. 2014 Jun;93(Pt 2):237-51.
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Human Primary Auditory Cortex, In vivo, Localization, MRI
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Wasserthal C., Brechmann A., Stadler J., Fischl B., Engel K. Localizing the Human Primary Auditory Cortex in vivo using Structural MRI. Neuroimage. 2014 Jun;93(Pt 2):237-51. PMID: 23891882. PMCID: PMC3902056.
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Currently there are no routine methods to delineate the primary auditory cortex (PAC) of humans in vivo. Due to the large differences in the location of the PAC between subjects, labels derived from post-mortem brains may be inaccurate when applied to different samples of in vivo brains. Recent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies suggested that MR-tissue properties can be used to define the location of the PAC region in vivo. The basis for such an approach is that the PAC region is more strongly myelinated than the secondary areas. We developed a fully automatic method to identify the PAC in conventional anatomical data using a combination of two complementary MR contrasts, i.e., T1 and T2, at 3T with 0.7mm isotropic resolution. Our algorithm maps the anatomical MR data to reconstructed cortical surfaces and uses a classification approach to create an artificial contrast that is highly sensitive to the effects of an increased myelination of the cortex. Consistent with the location of the PAC defined in post-mortem brains, we found a compact region on the medial two thirds of Heschl's gyrus in both hemispheres of all 39 subjects. With further improvements in signal-to-noise ratio of the anatomical data and manual correction of segmentation errors, the results suggest that the primary auditory cortex can be defined in the living brain of single subjects.

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