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IMAGING | Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Epilepsy Research: Recent and Upcoming Developments

Authors
  • Weber, B.
  • Fliessbach, K.
  • Elger, C.E.
Type
Book
Journal
Encyclopedia of Basic Epilepsy Research
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Pages
1549–1554
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/B978-012373961-2.00020-5
ISBN: 978-0-12-373961-2
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
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Abstract

Imaging has always been a strong driving force in the treatment and diagnosis of epilepsies. The development of new magnetic resonance-acquisition techniques (e.g., parallel imaging, less motion-sensitive sequences, enhanced contrasts), as well as the growing number of postprocessing tools, has led to an apparent decline in the number of cryptogenic epilepsy cases – as ever more lesions become visible. New developments in diffusion tensor imaging acquisition and processing will lead to new insights into plasticity, cortical development, and functional–structural relationships, as well as to an improvement of presurgical workups and planning. In addition, the improvement of functional imaging techniques will undoubtedly lead to a more widespread application of, and expanding indications for, these techniques in routine clinical practice. This article will give a short introduction to these new developments in magnetic resonance imaging in epilepsy patients.

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