September 19, 2012 6:23 PM Subscribe
The fMRI (functional MRI) is primarily used in research; can I get one done for clinical reasons?
posted by airguitar2 to health & fitness (11 answers total)
My neurologist is having me get an MRI later this week to investigate cognitive, learning, memory, and other brain problems that started a few months ago. My hunch is that the symptoms are related to severe sleep deprivation and medication interactions, so I'm guessing the MRI will come back ok. I'm concerned that there may be some damage or injury that's functional rather than structural in nature. (For example, severe sleep deprivation has been shown to impair frontal lobe functioning and hippocampus volume.)
If anything, an fMRI would, I think, be more likely to show what and where there are problems, and I'm wondering if there are any institutions using fMRI clinically-- or whether I might be able to be part of a research effort.
Can I get an fMRI done to help figure out what's going on?