European Radiology

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 119–129

Structural magnetic resonance imaging in epilepsy


DOI: 10.1007/s00330-007-0710-2

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Deblaere, K. & Achten, E. Eur Radiol (2008) 18: 119. doi:10.1007/s00330-007-0710-2


Because of its sensitivity and high tissue contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the technique of choice for structural imaging in epilepsy. In this review the effect of using optimised scanning protocols and the use of high field MR systems on detection sensitivity is discussed. Also, the clinical relevance of adequate imaging in patients with focal epilepsy is highlighted. The most frequently encountered MRI findings in epilepsy are reported and their imaging characteristics depicted. Imaging focus will be on the diagnosis of hippocampal sclerosis and malformations of cortical development, two major causes of medically intractable focal epilepsy.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeuroradiologyGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium
  2. 2.MR Department—1K12Ghent University HospitalGhentBelgium