Health Swinburne Uni pioneers non-invasive treatment to help epilepsy sufferers

Swinburne Uni pioneers non-invasive treatment to help epilepsy sufferers

Swinburne University of Technology, in collaboration with St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, have used a process called Magnetoencephalography (MEG) to pinpoint abnormal magnetic impulses in the brains of certain epilepsy sufferers.

The process allows surgeons to more accurately identify malfunctioning areas of the brain, which can lead to a type of epilepsy called focal epilepsy, and remove them.

Forty percent of the roughly 10,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed each year are focal, and they are usually treated by implanting several temporary electrodes – a process which is invasive, costly and time consuming, not to mention potentially risky. Using MEG is a more accurate and cost effective, and leads to better results. About 50 patients have received the treatment so far.

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