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Noninvasive Imaging Could Replace Electrodes in Epilepsy Surgery Planning

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Photo: Courtesy of University of Birmingham

A team from the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of Birmingham demonstrated that magnetoencephalographic (MEG) imaging can be used to produce a dynamic map of the whole brain during a seizure. Their results are published in Nature Communications.

Over 65 million people around the world have epilepsy. About one-third of those have seizures that are resistant to medication. In these cases, brain surgery can be an effective treatment, but it is under-used because of the challenges of accurately identifying the specific brain networks involved in seizures in order to ...