Epilepsy and Brain Mapping

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Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Services

For years, Huntington Hospital has been an international destination for the treatment of epilepsy. Approximately 75% of patients who undergo epilepsy surgery at Huntington Hospital become seizure-free with an additional 20% of patients seeing marked improvement.

Huntington Hospital is certified as a National Level IV Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including world-renowned board-certified neurosurgeons, board-certified neuropsychologists, registered nurses with epilepsy specialization, and a registered dietitian specializing in the ketogenic diet.

The key to the Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program’s success is the team approach to treating every patient. We treat the most difficult epilepsy cases using a comprehensive approach, one that assigns an entire team of experts to each case and not just a single physician. This is a unique approach that results in a remarkable rate of success.​

Learn more about our services for neurological disorders and find your perfect neurologist or neurosurgeon.

Screening, Diagnostic & Treatment Services

We provide extensive screening and diagnostic services, including:

  • High resolution video-EEG/24-hour recordings that monitor patient’s seizures and behaviors while capturing abnormal brain waves.
  • Magnetoelectroencephalogram (MEG), non-invasive recording technology pioneered at Huntington Hospital that can isolate neuronal activity in the brain which is vital in pinpointing seizure location.
  • MRI dipole brain mapping that combines long-term monitoring EEG data, videography and high-resolution MRI to provide unmatched brain imaging.
  • Ictal single photon emission computerized tomography or ictal SPECT scan using increased cerebral blood flow to localize the epileptic region of the brain.
  • Position emission tomography (PET) scan that locates microscopic scar producing seizures.

Treatment Services

Huntington Hospital offers the latest generation anti-epileptic medications, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and the ketogenic diet.

However, approximately one-third of epilepsy patients are resistant to anti-epileptic medications and continue to have intractable seizures. For these patients, Huntington Hospital has a specialized neurosurgical program consisting of three phases.

  • Phase 1 – Electrodes are placed on the patient’s scalp and seizure activity is monitored via EEG and videotape. The patient’s seizures are recorded under close medical supervision by expertly trained nurses.
  • Phase 2 – Depth electrodes are intra-cranially placed to record and localize seizures at a deeper level. This “gold standard” for locating seizures in complex cases usually involves a longer hospital stay.
  • Phase 3 – Neurosurgeons remove small portions of damaged brain identified as seizure triggers, without affecting the normal brain. Based on the findings of Phase I and II, physicians determine which of several possible procedures will be most successful.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

In collaboration with Cedars Sinai, our new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) offers a personalized approach in the evaluation of patients with intractable epilepsy (seizures that are not controlled by medication). This unit helps our doctors identify where in the brain seizures are coming from, and how to determine the most effective treatment options to obtain seizure freedom.

Under the leadership of Avriel Linane, DO, medical director of the EMU, our specialized epilepsy unit provides continuous monitoring of brain activity through digital video recording to capture brain activity and seizures: the first and most critical step in localizing seizures in patients with medically refractory epilepsy and identifying who would benefit from surgical treatment.

The EMU also aides in the diagnosis of non-epilpetic neurologic and psychiatric conditions that have been misdiagnosed as epilepsy. Located within our neuroscience unit, the EMU consists of two dedicated beds where patients will stay for 3-7 days for ongoing monitoring under the trusted care of Huntington caregivers, including certified technicians and clinicians performing neurophysiology rounds.

If you or your loved one need assistance with your seizure disorder, call (626) 397-3786.