Functional MRI of the Brain

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A person having a functional MRI of the brain.

Before performing brain surgery to remove a tumor or abnormal brain tissue, doctors need to have the best possible picture of what is going on inside a patient’s head. 

That’s the role of functional brain imaging—a procedure that’s often performed at Yale Medicine before invasive operations.

Thanks to this technology, surgeons at Yale Medicine are able to pinpoint exactly where important structures in the brain are situated, so they know which areas to target and which ones to avoid. It’s a noninvasive and pain-free test that can make surgery safer and more successful.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.