Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has a privileged position among the diagnostic imaging techniques, due to its high morphological detail and the ability to study many physiological processes. The emergence of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), further enhances the RM, to make it a powerful tool capable of grouping, in a single test, high resolution anatomy and brain function. In this article the principles and some advantages of RMF compared to other forms of neuro-image are described. Additionally, locative and basic analysis and post-processing for the execution of the common neurofunctional experiments in clinical practice requirements arise. Neurofunctional images made by the Institute of High Medical Technology Antioquia (IATM) in a group of healthy volunteers and in two pathological cases are also included. Finally, are some of the practical indications of this technique, even with an intensive development phase, research and validation.
Jorge Andrés Delgado*, Simón Rascovsky**, Alexander Sanz***, Juan Gabriel Castrillón****
* Radiologist. Scientific director of the Institute for Advanced Medical Technology Antioquia (IATM), Medellín, Colombia.
** Research Coordinator of the Institute for Advanced Medical Technology Antioquia (IATM), Medellín, Colombia.
*** Research assistant at the Institute of High Medical Technology Antioquia (IATM), Medellín, Colombia.
**** Developer Research Institute of High Medical Technology Antioquia (IATM), Medellín, Colombia.
Article published in the Colombian Journal of Radiology, Year 2008, Vol 19 No.1 March 2008
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