Ictal and interictal activity in partial epilepsy recorded with multichannel magnetoelectroencephalography: correlation of electroencephalography/electrocorticography, magnetic resonance imaging, single photon emission computed tomography, and positron emission tomography findings

Epilepsia. 1992 Sep-Oct;33(5):874-87. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1992.tb02195.x.


Ictal and interictal epileptic activity was recorded for the first time by multichannel magnetoencephalography (MEG) in three patients with partial epilepsy. Pre- and intra-operative localization of the epileptogenic region was compared. The interictal epileptic activity was localized at the same region of the temporal or frontal lobe as the ictal activity. Main zones of ictal activity were shown to evolve from the tissue at the centers of interictal activity. Pre- and intra-operative electrocorticography (ECoG) as well as postoperative outcome confirmed localization in the temporal and frontal lobe. Results also correlated with findings from scalp EEG, interictal and ictal single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Combined multichannel MEG/EEG recording permitted dipole localization of interictal and ictal activity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electroencephalography / instrumentation
  • Epilepsies, Partial / diagnosis
  • Epilepsies, Partial / physiopathology*
  • Epilepsies, Partial / surgery
  • Female
  • Frontal Lobe / physiopathology*
  • Frontal Lobe / surgery
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetoencephalography* / instrumentation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Temporal Lobe / physiopathology*
  • Temporal Lobe / surgery
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon