Mesoscopic in vivo human T2* dataset acquired using quantitative MRI at 7 Tesla

Neuroimage. 2022 Nov 12;264:119733. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119733. Online ahead of print.


Mesoscopic (0.1-0.5 mm) interrogation of the living human brain is critical for advancing neuroscience and bridging the resolution gap with animal models. Despite the variety of MRI contrasts measured in recent years at the mesoscopic scale, in vivo quantitative imaging of T2* has not been performed. Here we provide a dataset containing empirical T2* measurements acquired at 0.35 × 0.35 × 0.35 mm3 voxel resolution using 7 Tesla MRI. To demonstrate unique features and high quality of this dataset, we generate flat map visualizations that reveal fine-scale cortical substructures such as layers and vessels, and we report quantitative depth-dependent T2* (as well as R2*) values in primary visual cortex and auditory cortex that are highly consistent across subjects. This dataset is freely available at, and may prove useful for anatomical investigations of the human brain, as well as for improving our understanding of the basis of the T2*-weighted (f)MRI signal.

Keywords: 7 T; Angioarchitecture; Auditory; Brain; Cortex; Human; In vivo; Layers; MRI; Mesoscopic; Vessels; Visual.