How does the virtual brain improve treatments for epilepsy?
This sacred disease is resistant to all possible treatments, but research is becoming increasingly advanced in this area. This is where the virtual brain comes into the fight against this ailment, but how does it work?
What problem can the virtual brain solve?
Epilepsy is characterized by epileptic seizures, often spectacular, which represent the visible part of the disease. But there is a non-visible part, the part inside the body located in the brain. It starts with an abnormal and coordinated excitation of a set of neurons in the cerebral cortex. This is the level that is called the epileptic focus, and once this focus is active, the fluctuations are visible by MRI. But the problem is that half of those affected do not show any abnormalities on the MRI. It is to overcome this problem that research has struggled to find the virtual brain.
How will the virtual brain effectively detect the epileptic focus?
It was in Marseille that this system came into being and is a source of information from each patient at the epileptic level. The C.V. with the data possessed stimulates the different possible epileptic foci and compares the patterns obtained. This result allows him to invalidate or confirm the hypotheses of the epileptic focus. It is then, a tool that allows a better diagnosis than the encephalogram and the MRI.
Another benefit of the virtual brain
The virtual brain is also used in a sense to analyze the feasibility of surgery because it is the best treatment for epilepsy. In addition, this new tool allows you to choose which type of surgery to do and when to do it. The virtual brain thus serves as a diagnostic tool and also as a surgical prediction instrument. Furthermore, the virtual brain is planned to be used as a diagnostic tool for other neuronal pathologies. Following the success of the operations, clinical trials have already been underway since 2014