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Abstract #3931

Improved pre-surgical causal language mapping combining 3T and 7T fMRI with TMS and E-field modelling in a young tumour patient

Anna-Lisa Schuler1, Georg Widhalm1, Michael Woletz1, Martin Tik1, Roland Fischer1, Karl Rössler1, and Christian Windischberger1
1Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Here, we have optimised pre-surgical language mapping using navigated TMS with advanced E-field modelling and precise stimulation pulse timing. We employed a multi-modal approach incorporating ultra-high field (3 and 7 Tesla) functional magnetic resonance imaging, functional causal mapping including neuronavigated repetitive TMS, a software that allows for well-defined targeting and visual stimulus delay timings, as well as an advanced E-field/behavioural analysis. With this approach we could show that ‘virtual lesions’ close to tumour tissue yields clear spatial maps of functional impairment in language production.

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