Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

fMRI is used to identify ‘eloquent’ cortex in patients in whom there is concern that the seizure focus may be physically close to important brain areas for sensation, motor function or language. Our neuroradiology team employs a full suite of fMRI procedures involving finger tapping, skin sensation, visual function, interpreting speech, reading, etc. to identify these eloquent areas. Results from fMRI are then visualized together with the rest of the patient data to provide the team with a ‘map’ of how important brain areas relate to the seizure focus.