Journal article

VISUAL AND QUANTITATIVE-ANALYSIS OF INTERICTAL SPECT WITH TECHNETIUM-99M-HMPAO IN TEMPORAL-LOBE EPILEPSY

CC ROWE, SF BERKOVIC, MC AUSTIN, M SALING, RM KALNINS, WJ MCKAY, PF BLADIN

JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE | SOC NUCLEAR MEDICINE INC | Published : 1991

Abstract

Interictal 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT images were compared to ictal EEG localization in 51 patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy to determine their usefulness for preoperative seizure focus localization. Both quantified temporal lobe asymmetry and blinded visual detection of temporal lobe hypoperfusion were employed. Visual analysis detected ipsilateral hypoperfusion in 18 (39%) of the 46 patients with a unilateral focus and contralateral hypoperfusion in 3. None of the five patients with bitemporal foci had unilateral hypoperfusion. The positive predictive value of unilateral temporal lobe hypoperfusion was 86% (18/21). Quantified anterior temporal lobe asymmetry, greater than a previousl..

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