Functional MRI (fMRI)

What is functional MRI?

Functional MRI (fMRI) uses the blood’s magnetic properties to produce real-time images of blood flow to particular areas of the brain.

An fMRI can pinpoint areas of the brain that become active and note how long they stay active.  It can also tell if brain activity within a region occurs simultaneously or sequentially.  This imaging process is used to assess brain damage from head injury or degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and to identify and monitor other neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, stroke, and brain tumors.


Reference: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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