UWA researchers have teamed up with Harvard Medical School to create the most detailed map of brain activity ever created.
The treatment of neurological disorders including epilepsy could be improved due to the breakthrough patient-specific model of brain bioelectrical activity.
UWA’s Intelligent Systems for Medicine Laboratory, Harvard’s Computational Radiology Laboratory and Boston’s Children’s Hospital collaborated on the research, which was published in the American scientific journal Neuroimage.
dr Karol Miller was the lead author and said the research gives hope in cases where epilepsy cases did not respond to medication.
“The treating neurologist might use techniques like magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography to map which parts or areas of the brain are responsible for generating abnormal electrical signals that cause seizures,” said Dr. Miller.
“If this doesn’t work, intracranial electrodes can be used to measure the electrical activity generated in the brain, which can be combined with numerical modeling to improve the accuracy of seizure onset zone localization and epilepsy surgery planning.”
dr Miller said the patient-specific model of the brain’s bioelectrical activity would help solve problems encountered by doctors, who are often “unable to characterize epileptic activity” or determine exactly where to proceed with surgery .
“We are currently working to automate additional modeling tasks so we can further reduce the time required to create patient-specific models, which will enable neurology and neurosurgery teams to create a surgical plan that is safe and effective in controlling epilepsy seizure activity.” “, she said.
“This is work that could one day help change the way that surgery treats epilepsy that is unresponsive to medication.”
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