Sometimes the root cause of epileptic seizures is difficult to find. When routine EEGs using electrodes on the scalp surface cannot locate where a patient’s seizures are originating, neurosurgeons may need to do more direct monitoring. Available at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, intracranial electrode placement is a surgical technique that puts electrodes directly on the surface of the brain, allowing for very precise and effective EEG monitoring.
Barnes-Jewish is one of the nation’s few Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers, seeing 360 epilepsy patients each year. Our epileptologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists and certified intraoperative EEG technicians have extensive expertise in evaluating patients and performing intracranial electrode placement.
As a partner of Washington University School of Medicine, we have access to the latest clinical trials and research. In addition, we use the most advanced imaging tools in the world to diagnose epilepsy and determine the right treatment. Along with our collaborative, experienced, specialists, you will have a coordinator who will guide you through every step of your treatment.
Why We Use Intracranial EEG Monitoring
Intracranial EEG monitoring is used to map epileptic areas of the brain with accuracy and precision. Our neurosurgeons at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Comprehensive Epilepsy Center can place these electrodes, referred to as intracranial strip electrodes, grid electrodes or depth electrodes.
Not only does intracranial EEG monitoring allow for very precise mapping of areas causing the onset of seizures, but it also helps physicians identify and map critical areas of the brain, such as those controlling speech and motor control, that need to be avoided during surgery.
By identifying which areas of the brain need to be removed or preserved, neurosurgeons are able to improve seizure outcomes and reduce serious permanent neurologic injuries after surgery.
To make an appointment with a Washington University epileptologist, neurologist or neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital call, 855.925.0631.