Recent developments in imaging of epilepsy.

Wiest, Roland; Beisteiner, Roland (2019). Recent developments in imaging of epilepsy. Current opinion in neurology, 32(4), pp. 530-538. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000704

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW Imaging constitutes one of the key pillars in the diagnostic workup after a first seizure as well as for the presurgical workup in epilepsy. The role of imaging in emergency situations, mainly to support the adequate diagnosis, as well as its role in planning of noninvasive image-guided therapies is less well established. Here, we provide an overview on peri-ictal imaging findings to support differential diagnosis in emergency situations and describe recent attempts toward minimal invasive therapy in the treatment of epilepsy and its comorbidities based on a combination of imaging techniques with ultrasound. RECENT FINDINGS Peri-ictal perfusion changes can differentiate ictal stroke mimics from acute ischemic stroke if focal areas of increased perfusion are depicted by computed tomography or MRI. Postictal perfusion patterns in patients with persisting neurological symptoms are frequently normal and do not reach enough diagnostic sensitivity to differentiate between stroke and its mimics. Noninvasive magnetic resonance-techniques as arterial spin labeling may provide a higher sensitivity, especially in combination with diffusion-weighted and susceptibility-weighted MRI. Imaging guided focused ultrasound (FUS) bears the potential to ablate epileptogenic tissue and allows suppression of epileptic activity. Imaging guided blood-brain-barrier opening with FUS offers new options for local drug administration. SUMMARY MRI should be considered the method of choice in the differential diagnosis of peri-ictal imaging findings and their differential diagnosis. A combination of various MRI techniques with FUS opens new avenues for treatment of epilepsy.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0 (CCBY-NC-ND), where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology

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Wiest, Roland


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




Martin Zbinden

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17 Jul 2019 10:19

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17 Jul 2019 10:28

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