Functional MRI before epilepsy surgery

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Read how a functional MRI helps identify the parts of the brain where epilepsy starts.

Key points

  • A functional MRI tells your child's doctor which parts of your child's brain control movement and language so they can better plan your child's epilepsy surgery.
  • Before the scan, tell the team about any metal implants or piercings in your child to reduce any harm from the magnet in the MRI scanner.
  • During the scan, your child will do simple activities while they lie in the MRI scanner.
  • You may discuss the results of the fMRI with your child's doctor about four to six weeks after the scan.
Last updated: October 10th 2017