Lessons learned from a comparison of language localisation using fMRI and electrocortical mapping: case studies of neocortical epilepsy patients.

Research paper by Kwang Ki KK Kim, Michael D MD Privitera, Jerzy P JP Szaflarski

Indexed on: 20 Jan '12Published on: 20 Jan '12Published in: Epileptic Disorders


Electrocortical mapping (ECM) is recognised as an established method for localisation of eloquent cortex in patients undergoing resective surgery for epilepsy management. Functional MRI (fMRI) has been utilised for language and other cortical function localisation. We describe language localisation in two patients using both ECM and fMRI. Co-registration of fMRI and ECM revealed that although two fMRI tasks localised multiple language areas, the verb generation task had an advantage over the semantic decision/tone decision task in that there was a clear overlap between the language areas identified by the verb generation task and ECM. In addition to the language areas detected by ECM, fMRI showed other language-related areas that may be important for post-operative language outcome. Therefore, fMRI may provide additional and complementary information to ECM in presurgical evaluation of patients with epilepsy. The correlation between fMRI and ECM may depend on the language testing methods utilised during the procedures.