Patient Stories 2015-10-09 Sandra’s Personalized Brain Mapping Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Patient Stories/Sandra Marante Brain Mapping Breakthrough I couldn’t imagine a life without singing. A breakthrough in personalized brain mapping. When Sandra Marante came to Northwestern Medicine, a rare brain malformation threatened not only her life, but also her ability to sing. We studied her brain's response to music through a unique application of personalized brain mapping—allowing us to remove the mass while preserving her incredible gift. Interested in hearing more from Northwestern Medicine? Sign up for the Healthy Tips E‑Newsletter for everything from health and wellness ideas to patient breakthroughs to academic and medical advancements. 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