Site of seizures may be spotted with computer—Severe epilepsy that does not respond well to drugs may be attacked by computers in combination with surgery.… The computers would register information coming from electrodes implanted in the patient’s brain. By reading the computer, the surgeon might then be able to spot the site of “electrical storms” which cause epileptic seizures. — Science News, September 3, 1966
Computers are now a central part of surgery for epilepsy. Surgeons typically measure the electrical activity of the brain, then couple those recordings with data from MRI and CT scans. Positron emission tomography and single-photon emission CT scans may further delineate the trouble spot. These techniques require computers to record and reconstruct images. Researchers are developing virtual brains, combining many technologies to map out connections and electrical function in an individual’s brain. Doctors may one day use the computerized brains to guide treatment of epileptic patients, researchers report July 28 in NeuroImage.