Brain-scanning process may pave way for new epilepsy treatments

May 20th, 2009 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 20 (ANI): A new brain-scanning process developed by a University of Minnesota researcher may pave the way for new treatments of epilepsy.

Developed by Bin He UM McKnight professor and Director of Centre for Neuroengineering, the technique has attained preliminary successes in noninvasive imaging of seizure foci, which promises to play an important role in the treatment of epileptic seizures.

The study, called Functional Neuroimaging, has completed its first round of testing in epilepsy data collected at the Mayo Clinic.

The medical device used in the procedure images the brain while epilepsy patients have a seizure, and then allows surgeons to identify the network where the seizure is caused.

Approximately one-third of people who suffer from epileptic seizures cannot be treated by medication.

Thus, this process could lead to further advancements in surgical treatment. (ANI)

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