Current themes in neuroimaging of epilepsy: brain networks, dynamic phenomena, and clinical relevance

Clin Neurophysiol. 2010 Aug;121(8):1153-75. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2010.01.004. Epub 2010 Feb 24.


Brain scanning methods were first applied in patients with epilepsy more than 30years ago. A very substantial literature now exists in this field, which is exponentially increasing. Contemporary neuroimaging studies in epilepsy reflect new concepts in the epilepsies, as well as current methodological developments. In particular, this area is emphasising the role of networks in epileptogenicity, the existence of dynamic phenomena which can be captured by imaging, and is beginning to validate the implementation of neuroimaging in the clinic. Here, recent studies of the last 5years are reviewed, covering the full range of neuroimaging methods with SPECT, PET and MRI in epilepsy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Nerve Net / diagnostic imaging
  • Nerve Net / physiopathology
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon