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Br J Anaesth. 2013 Jul;111(1):64-72. doi: 10.1093/bja/aet174.

Imaging pain: a potent means for investigating pain mechanisms in patients.

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Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics and Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB), University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. michael.lee@ndcn.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

Chronic pain is a state of physical suffering strongly associated with feelings of anxiety, depression and despair. Disease pathophysiology, psychological state, and social milieu can influence chronic pain, but can be difficult to diagnose based solely on clinical presentation. Here, we review brain neuroimaging research that is shaping our understanding of pain mechanisms, and consider how such knowledge might lead to useful diagnostic tools for the management of persistent pain in individual patients.

KEYWORDS:

chronic pain; neuroimaging, magnetic resonance imaging, functional

PMID:
23794647
PMCID:
PMC3690317
DOI:
10.1093/bja/aet174
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