The role of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in epilepsy, especially in focal epilepsy, is of paramount relevance. The aim of neuroimaging is to identify structural abnormalities needing a treatment, as well as to contribute to the definition of etiology. Brain MRI is altered in 50% of all cases of focal epilepsy and is therefore recommended by guidelines in these patients. MRI helps in discriminating between symptomatic and cryptogenetic forms of epilepsy, and this is important in the definition of effective treatments; the widespread use of MRI has led to a consistent reduction of cases classified as cryptogenetic epilepsy. In this short review, we present data on MRI in the most common cortical development abnormalities.
|Translated title of the contribution||Brain magnetic resonance imaging in epilepsy|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana di Neurobiologia|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology