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This project explains a functional MRI (fMRI) brain scan and the role magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can play in helping patients receive diagnoses and prepare for surgery. The purpose, contraindications, outcomes, methods, and common task performed are also discussed. A functional MRI records different areas of the brain that are active when the patient performs different tasks. Some of the different tasks that are done during task-based fMRI are sentence completion, finger tapping, verb generation and word generation. There are also times during the scan when the patient just lays still known as a resting-state fMRI. This brain scan has the potential to guide the planning for surgery, help assess the effects of different disorders, explain brain anatomy, and monitor tumor growth and function. fMRI brain scans are continuing to produce high-quality images that will help discover future behaviors and disease processes. Therefore, further studies are needed for improved outcomes for diagnosis and surgical preparation for patients.
functional MRI (fMRI), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Diagnosis, Brain, Tasks
Medicine and Health Sciences
Bohn, Miranda, "Functional MRI Brain Scan" (2022). Student Research Poster Presentations 2022. 6.