Functional magnetic resonance imaging of the visual system.

Division of Neuro-Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Current Opinion in Ophthalmology (Impact Factor: 2.64). 01/2002; 12(6):423-31. DOI: 10.1097/00055735-200112000-00007
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ABSTRACT Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which is a technique useful for non-invasive mapping of brain function, is well suited for studying the visual system. This review highlights current clinical applications and research studies involving patients with visual deficits. Relevant reports regarding the investigation of the brain's role in visual processing and some newer fMRI techniques are also reviewed. Functional magnetic resonance imaging has been used for presurgical mapping of visual cortex in patients with brain lesions and for studying patients with amblyopia, optic neuritis, and residual vision in homonymous hemianopia. Retinotopic borders, motion processing, and visual attention have been the topics of several fMRI studies. These reports suggest that fMRI can be useful in clinical and research studies in patients with visual deficits.

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