AI for Multi-centre Epilepsy Lesion Detection on MRI

1 March 2023,  18:00 - 19:00 Central European Time

Speaker: Prof Sophie Adler

Epilepsy surgery is a safe but underutilised treatment for drug-resistant focal epilepsy. One challenge in the presurgical evaluation of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy are patients considered “MRI negative”, i.e. where a structural brain abnormality has not been identified on MRI. A major pathology in “MRI negative” patients is focal cortical dysplasia (FCD), where lesions are often small or subtle and easily missed by visual inspection. In recent years, there has been an explosion in artificial intelligence (AI) research in the field of healthcare. Automated FCD detection is an area where the application of AI may translate into significant improvements in the presurgical evaluation of patients with focal epilepsy. I will provide an overview of our automated FCD detection work, the Multicentre Epilepsy Lesion Detection (MELD) project and how AI algorithms are beginning to be integrated into epilepsy presurgical planning at Great Ormond Street Hospital and elsewhere around the world. Finally, I will discuss the challenges and future work required to bring AI to the forefront of care for patients with epilepsy.