Functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound for high temporal resolution measurement of lateralization in visual memory and visual search cognitive tasks

B. Hage, M. Alwatban, E. Barney, M. Mills, M. Dodd, E. Truemper, G. Bashford

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Abstract

Functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound (fTCD) is a non-invasive sensing modality that measures blood flow velocities in cerebral arteries (CBFV) with high temporal resolution. Few studies have examined the relationship of CBFV change during visual search and visual memory cognitive tasks. Here a protocol to compare lateralization between these two similar tasks using fTCD is demonstrated. Thirteen healthy volunteers were shown visual scenes on a computer and performed visual search and visual memory tasks while CBFV in the bilateral middle cerebral arteries was monitored with fTCD. Each subject completed 40 trials, consisting of baseline, calibration, instruction, and task periods. Lateralization was computed for each trial by subtracting the percent increase in CBFV on the right side from that on the left side. Results showed significant lateralization of both tasks, with memory reaching left lateralization of 1.3 percent, and search reaching right lateralization of 0.5 percent, agreeing with the hypothesis that memory is more left lateralized and search is more right lateralized. The protocol is straightforward and the equipment inexpensive, introducing a low-cost, high temporal resolution technique to further study lateralization of the brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479981823
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 13 2015
EventIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2015 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Oct 21 2015Oct 24 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2015

Other

OtherIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2015
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period10/21/1510/24/15

Keywords

  • Biomedical imaging
  • Functional imaging
  • Lateralization
  • Transcranial Doppler
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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    Hage, B., Alwatban, M., Barney, E., Mills, M., Dodd, M., Truemper, E., & Bashford, G. (2015). Functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound for high temporal resolution measurement of lateralization in visual memory and visual search cognitive tasks. In 2015 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2015 [7329247] (2015 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2015). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ULTSYM.2015.0494