Functional magnetic resonance imaging was developed more than 25 years ago, and although magnetic resonance imaging physicists and researchers in the neurosciences have used this technology to make significant contributions in their respective fields, those practicing clinical medicine are unfamiliar with this imaging modality. It involves complex physics and data analysis that can make it difficult for those in clinical medicine to interpret existing studies and begin to translate the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging to clinical research and the bedside care of patients. In short, functional magnetic resonance imaging has yet to make the leap from research entity to daily clinical tool.

Noting the lack of clinicians working with functional magnetic resonance imaging and their difficulty finding cohesive clinical information on this topic, editor Ramachandran Ramani gathered authors from across the globe to provide clinical...

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