January 6, 2016
Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that pediatric epilepsy patients imaged prior to neurosurgery with a new protocol have a greater chance of being seizure-free following the operation than those imaged using an older protocol. Their study is running in the current edition of the journal Epilepsia.
The study abstract outlines how, in 2008, physicians planning epilepsy surgery at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children began using a new high-resolution epilepsy protocol in patients with normal or subtle changes on MRI or discordant diagnostic tests.
The protocol includes 3T MRI plus combined magnetoencephalography and 18-fluorodeoxyglucose–positron emission tomography (FDG-PET).