Neurologists  

Among the hospitals and clinics serviced by NNI, more referrals for fMRI exams have come from neurologists than from any other category of medical professional.
 
fMRI in Neurology—Research

Over the last decade, fMRI studies of brain functioning have proliferated within the field of neurology. This effort has resulted in significant gains in understanding how neural systems and cognitive mechanisms are compromised by brain injury and disease. Furthermore, fMRI studies have allowed researchers in neurology and physiatry to assess treatment effectiveness, as well as to track symptom changes over time, by observing changes in brain activation.

Areas within neurology that have appeared most frequently in published fMRI studies include:

  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Huntington disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Brain injury (traumatic, hypoxic, toxic)
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    One benefit of using fMRI in such studies is that it not only allows one to investigate brain pathology associated with neurological syndromes, but also to examine the effects of disease or injury on cognitive functioning. For example, in a study of narcolepsy, it is not only possible to investigate the brain systems that are implicated in this disorder, but also investigate the effects that this disorder might have on cognitive functioning (e.g., memory performance – see modafinil case study).
     
    fMRI in Neurology—Clinical Practice

    The primary objective of a typical fMRI research study in neurological functioning is to identify the average patterns, trends, and generalizations that might distinguish a clinical group of interest (e.g., a group of patients diagnosed with MS) from a matched group of healthy control subjects.

    However, in order to be useful to the practicing clinician, fMRI must provide valid and reliable information about individual patients.

    Notus Neuropsychological Imaging provides neurologists with the means to use fMRI as a reliable and effective procedure that might enhance diagnosis, treatment plan development, and treatment monitoring for individual patients. Importantly, Notus has perfected a system for making the interpretation of fMRI results accessible to physicians, helping to make fMRI easy to understand and use.

     
    See several examples of Notus NeuroCogs™ in action.      VIEW CASE STUDIES —>