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Clinical applications of mapping neurocognitive processes in the human brain with functional MRI

Keith R. Thulborn and Antonio Gisbert

in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780192630711
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724770 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630711.003.0018
Clinical applications of mapping neurocognitive processes in the human brain with functional MRI

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A critical issue in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is to ensure that the subject is performing the required task. This can be important particularly in clinical studies. Clinical applications of fMRI conducted thus far can be summarized in three general areas. This chapter deals with aspects of these applications along with special problems associated with patient studies, and presents strategies that serve to meet these challenges. Quality control of the imaging environment, patient preparation and selection, as well as appropriately calibrated paradigms, are also discussed. The chapter reviews quality assurance and considers several aspects of the fMRI examination to ensure this level of success, concluding that fMRI has now become an exciting window onto brain function in many patient populations currently thought to be inappropriate for imaging.

Keywords: fMRI; clinical applications; quality control; patient preparation; human brain

Chapter.  10167 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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