Combined magnetic resonance tractography and functional magnetic resonance imaging in evaluation of brain tumors involving the motor system

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Jul-Aug 2004;28(4):551-6. doi: 10.1097/00004728-200407000-00019.


The goal of neuro-oncologic surgery is to maximize tumor resection while preserving vital brain functions. Identification of the relation between the tumor and adjacent functional cortical areas as well as efferent subcortical white matter tracts is important for preservation of function. Combined diffusion tensor imaging with magnetic resonance (MR) tractography and functional blood oxygen level-dependent MR imaging were applied successfully for preoperative planning and guidance in 2 patients with tumors near the motor cortex. The combination of these novel functional imaging techniques can provide new information for presurgical planning.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / blood
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Brain Neoplasms / surgery
  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Echo-Planar Imaging
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Cortex / metabolism
  • Motor Cortex / pathology*
  • Motor Skills / physiology
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Patient Care Planning


  • Oxygen