Functional organization of human occipital-callosal fiber tracts.
Robert F Dougherty, Michal Ben-Shachar, Roland Bammer, Alyssa A Brewer, Brian A Wandell
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A | Published : 2005
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and fiber tracking (FT) were used to measure the occipital lobe fiber tracts connecting the two hemispheres in individual human subjects. These tracts are important for normal vision. Also, damage to portions of these tracts is associated with alexia. To assess the reliability of the DTI-FT measurements, occipital-callosal projections were estimated from each subject's left and right hemispheres independently. The left and right estimates converged onto the same positions within the splenium. We further characterized the properties of the estimated occipital-callosal fiber tracts by combining them with functional MRI. We used functional MRI to identify visual f..View full abstract