Functional MRI for Brain Tumor Pre-Operative Planning
A major clinical application of functional MRI (fMRI) is pre-operative planning during the neurosurgical care of patients with brain tumors. While structural MRI allows for improved visualization of the tumor and surrounding brain regions, fMRI provides the additional advantage of identifying major functioning areas around the tumor so that neurosurgical intervention can avoid these eloquent areas and maximally resect the tumor. Our work explores the advantages and limitations of fMRI in the context of brain tumors.
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