Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic brain disorder in which a patient has recurrent seizures throughout their life. The seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity of certain cells in the brain.

Approximately three million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy, with approximately 200,000 newly diagnosed cases of seizures and epilepsy occurring each year. Ten percent of the American population will experience a seizure in their lifetime, and three percent will develop epilepsy by age 75.

Diagnosis

Physicians use PET/CT for localization of areas of increased or decreased glucose.
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Treatment

Accurate localization of the focus of the seizure activity is critically important for surgical treatment.
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Follow-up

Information from the PET/CT scan allows physicians to see if their treatments were effective
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PET/CT Utilization and Case Studies

PET/CT imaging aids physicians in accurately localizing the source of seizure activity.
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Source: Epilepsy Foundation 2009.