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Epilepsy Res. 2013 Aug;105(3):405-9. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2013.02.017. Epub 2013 Mar 25.

Quantifying the contribution of video in combined video-magnetoencephalographic ictal recordings of epilepsy patients.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, Aalto University School of Science, P.O. Box 12200, FI-00076 AALTO, Espoo, Finland.



Magnetoencephalography (MEG) measures magnetic fields generated by neuronal currents. MEG is complementary to EEG. Considerable body of evidence indicates that ictal MEG recordings can provide useful information for pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy patients alongside the more established long-term ictal video-EEG. Ictal MEG is recorded in some epilepsy surgery centers. However, a wider adoption of ictal MEG is hampered by lack of tools for synchronized video-MEG recording similar to those of video-EEG.


We have augmented MEG with a synchronized behavioral video-recording system. To estimate its additional value in ictal recordings, we retrospectively analyzed recordings of 10 epilepsy patients with and without the video.


In six patients out of ten, adding the video substantially changed the resulting interpretations. In all six cases the effect was considerable: the number of detected seizures changed by more than 50%.


Synchronized video and audio recording capabilities are important for effective ictal MEG recordings of epilepsy patients.


EEG; Epilepsy; MEG; Video

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