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Cranial window for longitudinal and multimodal imaging of the whole mouse cortex

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Significance: All functional brain imaging methods have technical drawbacks and specific spatial and temporal resolution limitations. Unraveling brain function requires bridging the data acquired with cellular and mesoscopic functional imaging. This imposes the access to animal preparations, allowing longitudinal and multiscale investigations of brain function in anesthetized and awake animals. Such preparations are optimal to study normal and pathological brain functions while reducing the number of animals used. Aim: To fulfill these needs, we developed a chronic and stable preparation for a broad set of imaging modalities and experimental design. Approach: We describe the detailed protocol for a chronic cranial window, transparent to light and ultrasound, devoid of BOLD functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) artifact and allowing stable and longitudinal multimodal imaging of the entire mouse cortex. Results: The inexpensive, transparent, and curved polymethylpentene cranial window preparation gives access to the entire mouse cortex. It is compatible with standard microscopic and mesoscopic neuroimaging methods. We present examples of data on the neurovascular unit and its activation using two-photon, functional ultrasound imaging, and BOLD fMRI. Conclusion: This preparation is ideal for multimodal imaging in the same animal.
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hal-03795834 , version 1 (05-01-2023)

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Marine Tournissac, Davide Boido, Manon Omnès, Yannick Goulam-Houssen, Luisa Ciobanu, et al.. Cranial window for longitudinal and multimodal imaging of the whole mouse cortex. Neurophotonics, 2022, 9 (03), ⟨10.1117/1.NPh.9.3.031921⟩. ⟨hal-03795834⟩
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