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  • Approval: This course is approved by ASRT - an approved continuing education provider of ARRT.
  • Release Date: 4/5/2018
  • Expiration Date: 5/1/2021
  • Credit Hours: 1.25 Credits
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course Description
    More than 26,000 people are diagnosed with primary cancers of the brain and nervous system each year in the United States, and many more develop metastatic brain cancers resulting from primary tumors in other parts of the body. Neurosurgery can help to achieve several goals in patients with brain tumors, including decreasing tumor mass, relieving seizures and other symptoms, and prolonging overall survival. However, brain surgery is also associated with the risk of damaging regions of the cerebral cortex that are important for language, sensory and motor function, or other tasks. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows surgeons to visualize critical regions of the cerebral cortex to aid in surgical planning and to assess the potential risk of permanent brain injury associated with surgical intervention. This approach uses the blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) effect, which is based on differences in magnetic resonance signal properties between oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin in the brain. Patients are asked to complete a number of sensory, motor, or language-related tasks, which result in activation of corresponding brain regions and a corresponding increase in cerebral blood flow. fMRI detects the increased presence of oxygenated hemoglobin associated with these hemodynamic changes. fMRI is able to identify brain regions that are important for language or other cognitive tasks with a high level of precision, even when the anatomy of the brain has been altered due to tumor growth or prior surgery. Patient preparation is essential to ensure success of the fMRI session, including screening to identify appropriate patients, ensuring patients understand task requirements, and minimizing or correcting for head motion. It is also essential to understand potential limitations for fMRI, including artifacts associated with prior surgery, the presence of metal or medical devices, and effects of image processing.

    Learning Objectives
    After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

    • Discuss the rationale for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in the evaluation of patients with brain tumors, including the physiologic basis of fMRI and the advantages and disadvantages of the technique.
    • List cortical regions that are especially important in sensory, motor, and language testing; and identify fMRI paradigms that are used to identify these regions.
    • Describe guidelines and procedures and increase the likelihood of successfully performing fMRI in patients with brain tumors.

    Categories: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Radiology

  • CE Information:

    CE Information
    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the “Take CE Test!” link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must answer 6 out of 8 questions correctly to receive the CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 1.25 ARRT Category A credits.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    Course is approved for CME credit fulfillment by the ARMRIT.

    Approved by the state of Florida for ARRT Category A credit.

    Texas direct credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same biennium.


Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Brain Tumor Surgery

Mark P. Bowes, PhD*

*Medical Writer, Portland, Oregon

Address correspondence to: Mark P. Bowes, PO Box 82043, Portland, OR 97282. Email: mpbowes@gmail.com

Disclosure statement: Dr Bowes reports having no financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

 

ABSTRACT

More than 26,000 people are diagnosed with primary cancers of the brain and nervous system each year in the United States, and many more develop metastatic brain cancers resulting from primary tumors in other parts of the body. Neurosurgery can help to achieve several goals in patients with brain tumors, including decreasing tumor mass, relieving seizures and other symptoms, and prolonging overall survival. However, brain surgery is also associated with the risk of damaging regions of the cerebral cortex that are important for language, sensory and motor function, or other tasks. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows surgeons to visualize critical regions of the cerebral cortex to aid in surgical planning and to assess the potential risk of permanent brain injury associated with surgical intervention. This approach uses the blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) effect, which is based on differences in magnetic resonance signal properties between oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin in the brain. Patients are asked to complete a number of sensory, motor, or language-related tasks, which result in activation of corresponding brain regions and a corresponding increase in cerebral blood flow. fMRI detects the increased presence of oxygenated hemoglobin associated with these hemodynamic changes. fMRI is able to identify brain regions that are important for language or other cognitive tasks with a high level of precision, even when the anatomy of the brain has been altered due to tumor growth or prior surgery. Patient preparation is essential to ensure success of the fMRI session, including screening to identify appropriate patients, ensuring patients understand task requirements, and minimizing or correcting for head motion. It is also essential to understand potential limitations for fMRI, including artifacts associated with prior surgery, the presence of metal or medical devices, and effects of image processing.     

 

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