Neuropsychology Review

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 491–504 | Cite as

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Language in Epilepsy

  • Sara J. Swanson
  • David S. Sabsevitz
  • Thomas A. Hammeke
  • Jeffrey R. Binder


Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has revolutionized our understanding of functional networks and cerebral organization in both normal and pathological brains. In the present review, we describe the use of fMRI for mapping language in epilepsy patients prior to surgical intervention including a discussion of methodological issues and task design, comparisons between fMRI and the intracarotid sodium amobarbital test, fMRI studies of language reorganization, and the use of fMRI laterality indexes to predict outcome after anterior temporal lobectomy.


fMRI Language Epilepsy Intracarotid sodium amobarbital test Reorganization Cognitive outcome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara J. Swanson
    • 1
  • David S. Sabsevitz
    • 1
  • Thomas A. Hammeke
    • 1
  • Jeffrey R. Binder
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA

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