Statistical SPECT processing in MRI-negative epilepsy surgery

Vlastimil Sulc, Samantha Stykel, Dennis P. Hanson, Benjamin H. Brinkmann, David T. Jones, David R. Holmes, Richard A. Robb, Matthew L. Senjem, Brian P. Mullan, Robert E. Watson, Daniel Horinek, Gregory D. Cascino, Lily C. Wong-Kisiel, Jeffrey W. Britton, Elson L. So, Gregory A. Worrell

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Objective: To evaluate the benefit of statistical SPECT processing over traditional subtraction methods, we compared ictal-interictal SPECT analyzed by statistical parametric mapping (SPM) (ISAS), statistical ictal SPECT coregistered to MRI (STATISCOM), and subtraction ictal- interictal SPECT coregistered with MRI (SISCOM) in patients with MRI-negative focal temporal lobe epilepsy (nTLE) and extratemporal lobe epilepsy (nETLE). Methods: We retrospectively identified 49 consecutive cases of drug-resistant focal epilepsy that had a negative preoperativeMRI and underwent interictal and ictal SPECT prior to resective epilepsy surgery. Interictal and ictal SPECT scans were analyzed using SISCOM, ISAS, and STATISCOM to create hyperperfusion and hypoperfusion maps for each patient. Reviewers blinded to clinical data and the SPECT analysis method marked the site of probable seizure origin and indicated their confidence in the localization. Results: In nTLE and nETLE, the hyperperfusions detected by STATISCOM (71% nTLE, 57% nETLE) and ISAS (67% nTLE, 53% nETLE) were more often colocalized with surgery resection site compared to SISCOM (38% nTLE, 36% nETLE). In nTLE, localization of the hyperperfusion to the region of surgery was associated with an excellent outcome for STATISCOM (p = 0.005) and ISAS (p = 0.027), but not in SISCOM (p = 0.071). This association was not present in nETLE for any method. Conclusion: In an unselected group of patients with normal MRI and focal epilepsy, SPM-based methods of SPECT processing showed better localization of SPECT hyperperfusion to surgical resection site and higher interobserver agreement compared to SISCOM. These results show the benefit of statistical SPECT processing methods and further highlight the challenge of nETLE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-939
Number of pages8
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 18 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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