Date Published:2011 Apr
One of the limitations of anatomy-based imaging approaches is its relative inability to identify whether specific brain functions may be compromised by the location of brain lesions or contemplated brain surgeries. Of the many techniques available to the surgeon, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has become the primary modality of choice because of the ability of MRI to serve as a "one-stop shop" for assessing both anatomy and functionality of the brain. This article discusses the specific requirements for establishing an fMRI program, including specific software and hardware requirements. In addition, the nature of the fMRI CPT codes is discussed.