Pre-Surgery Testing and Evaluation
A comprehensive evaluation will help determine if surgery is appropriate for your child, as well as the best surgical option for them. Your child’s neurologist may order the following tests and procedures prior to surgery:
- Electroencephalogram (EEG). Learn more about having an EEG.
- Long-term video EEG monitoring. Learn more about long-term video EEG monitoring in our Epilepsy Monitoring Units.
- MRI scan and/or functional MRI scan of the brain. Learn more about having an MRI.
- PET scan of the brain
- Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
- Subtraction SPECT
- Ictal SPECT
- Neuropsychological testing. Learn more about having a neuropsychological test.
In some cases, we may perform intracranial monitoring prior to surgical resection. This involves surgically implanting electrodes on or inside the brain, to gather information about a child’s seizures and map the areas and functions of their brain. These electrodes are then removed. Learn more about intracranial monitoring.
Using the valuable information gathered from these tests, our pediatric epileptologists and neurosurgeons work to determine the location in the brain where seizures start, and how they spread through the brain, which allows us to make an individualized surgery plan for each child.