NYU Langone Medical Center Identifying subtle brain lesions in epilepsy patients has probably become simpler, thanks to a unique computer application. Experts from the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center have now developed a software application that automatically detects subtle brain lesions in MRI scans of patients diagnosed with epilepsy. The technology can allegedly assist radiologists in better identifying and locating visually undetectable, operable lesions.

At the time of the investigation, the new method was apparently able to pinpoint abnormal areas in MRI scans of 92 percent patients. This non-invasive tool can be supposedly put to use for diagnosis as well as planning of epilepsy surgery. The currently introduced technology may detect the more subtle epileptic malformations that are not easily detectable by the human eye.

It reportedly helps radiologists attain more appropriate and faster results with objective measures for standardizing readings. Thomas Thesen, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center first-author and colleagues believe that the computer application can open doors to better treatments for patients suffering from epilepsy. The research findings appear significantly beneficial in the health-space.

The research is published in the February 2011 issue of PlosOne.