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Neuroimage. 2012 Aug 15;62(2):1267-71. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.01.026. Epub 2012 Jan 12.

The future of functional MRI in clinical medicine.

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  • University of Cambridge and GlaxoSmithKline, Cambridge, UK. etb23@cam.ac.uk


In the last 20 years or so, functional MRI has matured very rapidly from being an experimental imaging method in the hands of a few labs to being a very widely available and widely used workhorse of cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuroscience research internationally. FMRI studies have had a considerable impact on our understanding of brain system phenotypes of neurological and psychiatric disorders; and some impact already on development of new therapeutics. However, the direct benefit of fMRI to individual patients with brain disorders has so far been minimal. Here I provide a personal perspective on what has already been achieved, and imagine how the further development of fMRI over the medium term might lead to even greater engagement with clinical medicine.

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