EPINETLAB: A Software for Seizure-Onset Zone Identification From Intracranial EEG Signal in Epilepsy

Lucia R Quitadamo, Elaine Foley, Roberto Mai, Luca de Palma, Nicola Specchio, Stefano Seri

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The pre-operative workup of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy requires in some candidates the identification from intracranial EEG (iEEG) of the seizure-onset zone (SOZ), defined as the area responsible of the generation of the seizure and therefore candidate for resection. High-frequency oscillations (HFOs) contained in the iEEG signal have been proposed as biomarker of the SOZ. Their visual identification is a very onerous process and an automated detection tool could be an extremely valuable aid for clinicians, reducing operator-dependent bias, and computational time. In this manuscript, we present the EPINETLAB software, developed as a collection of routines integrated in the EEGLAB framework that aim to provide clinicians with a structured analysis pipeline for HFOs detection and SOZ identification. The tool implements an analysis strategy developed by our group and underwent a preliminary clinical validation that identifies the HFOs area by extracting the statistical properties of HFOs signal and that provides useful information for a topographic characterization of the relationship between clinically defined SOZ and HFO area. Additional functionalities such as inspection of spectral properties of ictal iEEG data and import and analysis of source-space magnetoencephalographic (MEG) data were also included. EPINETLAB was developed with user-friendliness in mind to support clinicians in the identification and quantitative assessment of HFOs in iEEG and source space MEG data and aid the evaluation of the SOZ for pre-surgical assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45
Number of pages15
JournalFrontiers in Neuroinformatics
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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