Functional MR Imaging: Ready for Clinical Prime Time

Published:October 29, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nic.2020.09.012
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      Andrei I. Holodny, MD, PhD (Hon.), FACR, FASFNR, Editor
      Functional MR imaging (fMR imaging) has clearly revolutionized the imaging and understanding of the human brain. Within the past few years, this powerful technology has advanced into the clinical arena, not only in major academic centers but also into small-group private practices. At the present time, fMR imaging (or an analogous method, such as magnetoencephalography or transcranial magnetic stimulation) should be part of the preoperative workup in patients with brain tumors or seizure disorders. The transition of fMR imaging into clinical practice has been facilitated by the development of a separate CPT code for fMR imaging, the founding of the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology (ASFNR) as well as numerous courses on this topic.
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