A cerebral imaging system developed by Dr. Andrea Bernasconi, a researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University, is raising hope among epileptics.
The system makes it possible to detect cortical dysplasia, a type of malformation present in 70% of severe cases of epilepsy. A surgical procedure that consists in removing the brain lesion that triggers seizures may then be performed.
One-third of epileptic patients do not respond to drug treatments. For them, surgery is the only solution.