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Pediatric Presurgical Functional MRI

Maheshwari, Mohit MD

Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: August 2019 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p 197–204
doi: 10.1097/RMR.0000000000000217
Review Articles

Functional MRI is a reliable, noninvasive technique which allows spatial mapping of the various functions like sensorimotor, language and vision in the brain. This is of immense help to the neurosurgeon in presurgical planning and intraoperative navigation in order to identify and preserve eloquent areas of the brain and minimize post-surgical neurological deficits. Using this technique in children pose unique challenges. This article discusses some of these challenges and how they can be overcome in successful application of this technique in pediatric patients.

Department of Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Address correspondence to Mohit Maheshwari, MD, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 9000, W Wisconsin Avenue, MS 721, Milwaukee, WI – 53226 (e-mail:

Received 7 June, 2019

Accepted 14 June, 2019

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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