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Epilepsy in Children

Wada Test

August 8, 2011

The Wada test, also known as the Intracarotid Amobarbital Procedure (IAP), was named after Dr. Juhn Wada. He developed the combination of neuro-imaging and neuropsychological testing methods to examine independent functions of the brain such as memory and language. It is useful in determining which hemisphere is “dominant” for speech and if memory is functional…

Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)

August 8, 2011

Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography is a functional imaging technique that creates three-dimensional images of the brain on computer. This allows physicians to visualize blood flow through different areas of the brain. Individuals with epilepsy often have changes in blood flow to specific areas of the brain when a seizure begins. SPECT measures blood flow…

Neuropsychological Tests

August 8, 2011

Neuropsychological testing (also known as neuropsychometric testing) assesses a variety of brain functions including: memory, reading, comprehension, judgment, motor abilities, spatial perception and ability to process and interpret information. The tests quantitatively measure these functions to demonstrate possible abnormalities of the brain. This may help to identify the type of epilepsy an individual has and…


July 26, 2011

If you think you had a seizure-like episode, this is the place to be. From the first seizure to possible treatments, this section walks you through the steps you may take to determine whether or not you have epilepsy. For a current list of physicians of various specialties, visit the College of Physicians and Surgeons…