Magnetic Resonance Scanning and Epilepsy

  • S. D. Shorvon
  • D. R. Fish
  • F. Andermann
  • G. M. Bydder
  • H. Stefan

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 264)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. S. D. Shorvon
      Pages 3-13
    3. F. Andermann
      Pages 21-27
    4. H. Stefan
      Pages 29-30
  3. MR Imaging in Patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. P. Gloor
      Pages 33-36
    3. S. F. Berkovic, A. M. McIntosh, R. M. Kalnins, P. F. Bladin
      Pages 37-41
    4. M. J. Cook, S. L. Free, D. R. Fish, S. D. Shorvon, K. Straughan, J. M. Stevens
      Pages 43-45
    5. C. Watson, F. Andermann, P. Gloor, F. Cendes, M. Jones-Gotman, T. Peters et al.
      Pages 47-55
    6. F. Cendes, F. Andermann, P. Gloor, A. Olivier, A. Evans, T. Peters
      Pages 57-61
    7. P. Schüler, H. Stefan
      Pages 63-66
    8. J. S. Duncan, G. D. Jackson, A. Connelly, R. A. Grunewald, D. G. Gadian
      Pages 67-70
    9. J. S. Duncan, G. D. Jackson, A. Connelly, R. A. Grünewald, N. E. Preece, N. Van Bruggen et al.
      Pages 75-78
    10. L. C. Meiners, J. Valk, G. H. Jansen, P. R. Luyten
      Pages 79-82
  4. Cortical Dygenesis and Epilepsy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. A. J. Barkovich
      Pages 85-88
    3. A. A. Raymond, M. J. Cook, D. R. Fish, S. D. Shorvon
      Pages 89-94

About this book


It was only in 1980 that the first recognisable magnetic resonance images of the human brain were published, by Moore and Holland from Nottingham University in England. There then followed a number of clinical trials of brain imaging, the most notable from the Hammersmith Hospital in London using a system designed by EMI, the original manufacturers of the first CT machines. A true revolution in medicine has ensued; in only a few years there are thousands of scanning units, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has assumed a central importance in medical investigation. It is an extraordinary fact that within a few years of development, the esoteric physics of nuclear spin, angular momentum, and magnetic vector precession were harnessed to provide exquisite images of living anatomy; modem science has no greater tribute. That indisputable king of neurology and the oldest of recorded conditions, epilepsy, has not been untouched by the new technology; indeed, it is our view that the introduction of MRI of electroencephalography (EEG) in the late has been as important to epilepsy as was that 1930s. Now, for the first time, the structural and aetiological basis of the condition is susceptible to thorough investigation, and MRI can provide structural detail to parallel the functional detail of EEG. MRI has the same potential as had EEG over 50 years ago, to provide a new level of understanding of the basic mechanisms, the clinical features and the treatment of epilepsy.


Epilepsie brain imaging computed tomography (CT) imaging magnetic resonance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) neurology spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • S. D. Shorvon
    • 1
  • D. R. Fish
    • 1
  • F. Andermann
    • 2
  • G. M. Bydder
    • 3
  • H. Stefan
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Neurology and National Society for EpilepsyLondonUK
  2. 2.Montreal Neurological InstituteMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Hammersmith HospitalLondonUK
  4. 4.University of ErlangenErlangenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6086-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-2546-2
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