Advances in computer-assisted single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for epilepsy surgery in children

J. R. Buchhalter, E. L. So

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Epilepsy surgery has emerged as an important option in the treatment of children with epilepsy that is refractory to antiepileptic drug management The cornerstone of successful surgery is accurate localization of the brain region of seizure onset. Traditional techniques of seizure onset localization, e.g. surface electroencephalography (EEG) recording and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), allow accurate localization in a significant number of patients. When the focus of seizure onset is not apparent from these non-invasive techniques, other methods of localization, e.g. intracranial EEG recording, may be needed before resection of the focus. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a nuclear medicine blood-flow technique that has been used to identify a region of epileptogenic brain associated with low blood flow in the resting state (interictal SPECT) or increased blood flow at the time of seizure activity (ictal SPECT). This report describes the validation and utility of a computer-assisted method of subtracting the interictal from the ictal SPECT scans and co-registering the difference image on the MRI. This method, called subtraction ictal SPECT co-registered on MRI (SISCOM), is used in guiding the location and the extent of intracranial electrode implantation, or in obviating the need for the implantation in some cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, Supplement
Issue number445
StatePublished - May 2004


  • Children
  • Epilepsy
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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