Journal article

fMRI lateralization of expressive language in children with cerebral lesions

Dianne P Anderson, A Simon Harvey, Michael M Saling, Vicki Anderson, Michael Kean, David F Abbott, R Mark Wellard, Graeme D Jackson

EPILEPSIA | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

PURPOSE: Lateralization of language function is crucial to the planning of surgery in children with frontal or temporal lobe lesions. We examined the utility of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as a determinant of lateralization of expressive language in children with cerebral lesions. METHODS: fMRI language lateralization was attempted in 35 children (29 with epilepsy) aged 8-18 years with frontal or temporal lobe lesions (28 left hemisphere, five right hemisphere, two bilateral). Axial and coronal fMRI scans through the frontal and temporal lobes were acquired at 1.5 Tesla by using a block-design, covert word-generation paradigm. Activation maps were lateralized by blinded visu..

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