Functional magnetic resonance imaging in clinical practice: state of the art and science

Barras, Christen D, Asadi, Hamed, Baldeweg, Torsten, Mancini, Laura, Yousry, Tarek A and Bisdas, Sotiris 2016, Functional magnetic resonance imaging in clinical practice: state of the art and science, Australian family physician, vol. 45, no. 11, Issue focus: neurology, pp. 798-803.

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Title Functional magnetic resonance imaging in clinical practice: state of the art and science
Author(s) Barras, Christen D
Asadi, HamedORCID iD for Asadi, Hamed
Baldeweg, Torsten
Mancini, Laura
Yousry, Tarek A
Bisdas, Sotiris
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 45
Issue number 11
Season Issue focus: neurology
Start page 798
End page 803
Total pages 6
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication East Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 0300-8495
Keyword(s) Brain Mapping
Cerebrovascular Circulation
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Neurovascular Coupling
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Primary Health Care
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
Summary BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has become a mainstream neuroimaging modality in the assessment of patients being evaluated for brain tumour and epilepsy surgeries. Thus, it is important for doctors in primary care settings to be well acquainted with the present and potential future applications, as well as limitations, of this modality.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to introduce the theoretical principles and state-of-the-art clinical applications of fMRI in brain tumour and epilepsy surgery, with a focus on the implications for clinical primary care.

DISCUSSION: fMRI enables non-invasive functional mapping of specific cortical tasks (eg motor, language, memory-based, visual), revealing information about functional localisation, anatomical variation in cortical function, and disease effects and adaptations, including the fascinating phenomenon of brain plasticity. fMRI is currently ordered by specialist neurologists and neurosurgeons for the purposes of pre-surgical assessment, and within the context of an experienced multidisciplinary team to prepare, conduct and interpret the scan. With an increasing number of patients undergoing fMRI, general practitioners can expect questions about the current and emerging role of fMRI in clinical care from these patients and their families.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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