Real-time functional MR-Imaging and non-invasive human brain interfaces

Real time fMRI (rfMRI) allows the online detection of neuronal activation. Based on the BOLD effect rfMRI provides a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and an excellent spatial resolution. Ultra-High-Field scanners (7 Tesla) increase even more the SNR thereby providing more potential for applications with higher spatial and temporal resolution. We implemented a real time fMRI framework on a 3 Tesla and a 7 Tesla scanner that used online analysis of the hemodynamic response function to control a virtual reality environment as well as to serve for neurofeedback paradigms. We will present first results, advantages and restrictions of the techniques as well as future developments.




Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. Johannes Bernarding
Institut für Biometrie und Medizinische Informatik
Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg


Montag, 20. September 2010, 16 Uhr


Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Videoübertragung zur Universität Ulm, N27, Raum 2.033)