Chasing the lightning: Molecular epilepsy imaging with PET and SPECT

September 3, 2013

Recent studies have indicated that epilepsy may be more comprehensively characterized with the help of PET and SPECT, and these modalities could benefit the 1-2 percent of the U.S. population with the neurological disorder, according to a review published online Aug 22 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine .

Ajay Kumar, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at Wayne State University of Medicine, and Harry T. Chugani, MD, chief of the division of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, weighed in on PET’s potential for mapping epilepsy in the brain, specifically two types called sporadic temporal and extratemporal lobe epilepsy.