Spatio-temporal source localization and Granger causality in ictal source analysis.

L. Ding, G. A. Worrell, T. D. Lagerlund, B. He

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We have proposed a new ictal source analysis approach by combining a spatio-temporal source localization approach, and causal interaction estimation technique. The FINE approach is used to identify neural electrical sources from spatio-temporal scalp-EEGs. The Granger causality estimation uses source waveforms estimated by FINE to characterize the causal interaction between the neural electrical sources in order to distinguish primary sources, which initiate ictal events, from secondary sources, which are caused by propagation. In the present study, we applied the proposed analysis approach to an epilepsy patient with symptomatic MRI lesions. It is found that the primary ictal source is within the visible lesion, which gave the consistent presurgical evaluation as MRI for this patient.

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