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Neuropsychol Rev. 2007 Dec;17(4):491-504. Epub 2007 Nov 16.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging of language in epilepsy.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA. sswanson@mcw.edu


Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has revolutionized our understanding of functional networks and cerebral organization in both normal and pathological brains. In the present review, we describe the use of fMRI for mapping language in epilepsy patients prior to surgical intervention including a discussion of methodological issues and task design, comparisons between fMRI and the intracarotid sodium amobarbital test, fMRI studies of language reorganization, and the use of fMRI laterality indexes to predict outcome after anterior temporal lobectomy.

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