Title: Breast in brain – somatosensory representation of the breast as measured with 7T fMRI
Synopsis: Recent developments in reconstructive surgery have resulted in a nerve-preserving post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, with the intended goal of improved sensory recovery of the breast over time. Can we measure the extent of this recovery by looking at the brain? With use of 7T functional MRI we mapped the cortical representation of the male and the female breast. We investigated if we could cortically map four quadrants of the breast as well as the nipple by employing several analysis techniques. The approach and results of this study will enable future studies to objectively quantify somatosensory recovery after reconstructive surgical procedures.
Title: Beyond just MRI