Functional MR and diffusion MR imaging in diffuse low-grade gliomas

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In the last decade, functional MR imaging and MR tractography with diffusion tensor imaging have changed the way to evaluate patients with glioma before surgery, in particular when the tumor is infiltrating eloquent brain structures. Mapping of cortical sites and white matter pathways may improve presurgical planning and surgical targeting with neuronavigational devices, and it may reduce intraoperative time. Clinical use of these advanced MR imaging tools is growing in importance, and exams in patients are increasingly being requested by neurosurgeons worldwide. Applications and current limitations of fMRI and MR diffusion tractography are discussed focusing on the sensorimotor, speech, and visuospatial networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiffuse Low-Grade Gliomas in Adults: Natural History, Interaction with the Brain, and New Individualized Therapeutic Strategies
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781447122135, 1447122127, 9781447122128
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Diffusion MR imaging
  • Functional MR imaging
  • Language network
  • Low-grade glioma
  • MR tractography
  • Visuospatial network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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