Magnetic resonance imaging functional activation of left frontal cortex during covert word production.
Rueckert L., Appollonio I., Grafman J., Jezzard P., Johnson R., Le Bihan D., Turner R.
Six normal volunteers underwent 4-T functional magnetic resonance imaging while performing a covert letter fluency task. An echo planar imaging sequence was utilized to detect activation based on deoxyhemoglobin contrast. All 6 subjects showed consistent activation in the frontal operculum and premotor and primary motor cortices. Activation was also detected in the supramarginal gyrus and the posterior part of the superior temporal gyrus. These results show that magnetic resonance functional neuroimaging can be used to investigate cerebral activity noninvasively during performance of complex cognitive tasks.