AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 2 (February)

Functional MRI (February 2007)

February 2007 pages 6-7 Coding Communication:Functional MRI Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain has been used primarily for defining neuropathology and its effect on neighboring anatomy. This traditional use of MR entails imaging the inactive (passive) patient. "Functional" brain mapping during neuroimaging is a safe, noninvasive method of estimating the localization of brain functions. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows regional brain mapping of human cognitive functions such as motor skills, vision, language, and memory. Functional MR localization of eloquent cortex is accomplished by imaging the active patient during specific task performance and is able to accurately identify...

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