Functional MRI and direct cortical stimulation better predict postoperative language performance

Takeaway

  • Functional MRI (fMRI) in combination with direct cortical stimulation are better at predicting postoperative language performance than either test alone.

Why this matters

  • Cognitive decline, in particular visual naming and word finding deficits, can occur in up to 35% of people who have undergone dominant hemisphere epilepsy surgery.