The purpose of this study is to use an imaging method called functional magnetic resonance
imaging (fMRI) in patients who have a tumor near an area of the brain that is believed to
control language. The fMRI is a new kind of imaging that uses a strong magnetic field to
look at functioning brain tissue. This kind of imaging will be used to study the effect of
the brain tumor on your speech.
- Patient in whom a tumor invades or is directly adjacent to the expected location of
one of the language centers.
- At least 18 years of age
- English as first language
- Patients with high grade tumors
- History of significant psychiatric condition (e.g. schizophrenia,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, significant dementia),
- History of the following neurological conditions: CVA, demyelinating conditions,
cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease.
- History of significant claustrophobic reactions.
- Standard contraindications to MR examinations (e.g. implanted stimulator)
- Patients, who were treated prior to our first scan, will not be eligible to
participate in this study