Show Summary Details
Page of

Functional Imaging of the Vestibular System 

Functional Imaging of the Vestibular System
Functional Imaging of the Vestibular System

Marianne Dieterich

and Thomas Brandt

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 28 October 2021

This chapter focuses on current knowledge of multisensory vestibular structures and their functions in the human cortex. Most derives from brain activation studies conducted over the last decade with PET and fMRI. These tools have confirmed that humans have several separate and distinct cortical areas that tracer and electrophysiological studies in animals, especially in monkeys, had identified earlier. The patterns of activations and deactivations during vestibular stimulations in healthy subjects have been compared with those in patients with acute and chronic peripheral and central vestibular disorders. In this way much has been learned about the interconnections of vestibular structures, their activations and interactions with other sensory modalities, the correlations of perceptual and motor functions in normal humans, and the changes that result from strategic peripheral and central vestibular lesions such as vestibular neuritis and bilateral vestibular failure, on the one hand, and central vestibular nucleus lesions due to ischemic infarctions of the lateral medulla (Wallenberg’s syndrome), on the other.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.