Brain Mapping and High Definition Fiber Tracking
What is Brain Mapping?
If you’ve suffered from a brain tumor, stroke or Parkinson’s disease, your neurologist might suggest brain mapping. Here’s why – brain mapping lets doctors get a glimpse into your brain to see it at work.
Brain mapping uses imaging technology to associate the physical structures in your brain to the various functions your brain performs – in other words, it shows what parts of the brain do what. Brain mapping helps your neurologist see where the problem is and provide clues as to the best treatment plan.
Ask your neurologist if you’re a candidate for brain mapping.
What is High Definition Fiber Tracking?
High definition fiber tracking is a type of brain mapping. This groundbreaking imaging technology shows a 3-D map of your brain. It allows doctors a better view than current techniques for brain imaging like computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which only offer a 2-D image.
Your brain is made up of nerve fibers. Nerve fibers are how brain cells communicate with each other. These fibers link up together (kind of like a cable) and form tracts. Each tract is responsible for different functions of your brain – how you speak, your memory and how your body moves.
With high definition fiber tracking, your neurologist will be able to see a 3-D image of thin, multi-colored strands. Each colored strand corresponds to a different brain tract. Using this technology, your doctor will be able to clearly see 40 major fiber tracks in your brain.
High definition fiber tracking helps your neurologist:
- Discover the best surgical approach to remove a tumor
- Figure out how to diagnose and treat a traumatic brain injury
- Find out what breaks in the fibers could cause loss of body function
- Understand what brain connections are broken and which are still working
Brain mapping and high definition fiber tracking are invaluable tools to help your neurologist get a better idea of the best treatment options for you. Contact us to get a second opinion about your concerns or questions with your first diagnosis.