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Qian T.-y.,Siemens AG | Xue J.,Beijing Neurosurgical Institute Beijing China | Zhou J.,Beijing Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Brain Informatics Beijing China | Lin Y.,Beijing Neurosurgical Institute Beijing China
Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging | Year: 2015

Summary: Background: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) mapping can present the activated cortical area during movement, while little is known about precise location in facial and tongue movements. Objective: To investigate the representation of facial and tongue movements by task fMRI. Methods: Twenty right-handed healthy subjects were underwent block design task fMRI examination. Task movements included lip pursing, cheek bulging, grinning and vertical tongue excursion. Statistical parametric mapping (SPM8) was applied to analysis the data. Results: One-sample t-test was used to calculate the common activation area between facial and tongue movements. Also, paired t-test was used to test for areas of over- or underactivation in tongue movement compared with each group of facial movements. Conclusions: The common areas within facial and tongue movements suggested the similar motor circuits of activation in both movements. Prior activation in tongue movement was situated laterally and inferiorly in sensorimotor area relative to facial movements. Prior activation of tongue movement was investigated in left superior parietal lobe relative to lip pursing. Also, prior activation in bilateral cuneus lobe in grinning compared with tongue movement was detected. © Scandinavian Society of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine.

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