Study: PET and SPECT hold promise for presurgical epilepsy imaging

09/4/2013 |

PET and SPECT could offer a noninvasive way to map sporadic temporal and extratemporal lobe epilepsy in the brains of patients with intractable seizures prior to surgery, researchers wrote in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Studies have shown that FDG PET has 85% to 90% sensitivity in assessing epileptic brain regions in temporal lobe epilepsy patients, while SPECT can be used to evaluate focal perfusion disorders in up to 95% of presurgical patients, they wrote.

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