Visual mapping using blood oxygen level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging

Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2014 Nov;24(4):573-84. doi: 10.1016/j.nic.2014.08.001. Epub 2014 Nov 1.


Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is used clinically to map the visual cortex before brain surgery or other invasive treatments to achieve an optimal balance between therapeutic effect and the avoidance of postoperative vision deficits. Clinically optimized stimuli, behavioral task, analysis, and displays permit identification of cortical subregions supporting high-acuity central vision that is critical for reading and other essential visual functions. Emerging techniques such as resting-state fMRI may facilitate the use of fMRI-based vision mapping in a broader range of patients.

Keywords: Arteriovenous malformation; Brain mapping; Cancer; Epilepsy; Functional MR imaging; Human; Visual cortex.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Mapping / methods*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Nerve Net / physiopathology*
  • Oxygen / blood*
  • Visual Cortex / physiopathology*


  • Oxygen