Epilepsy Services: Neuroimaging

UW Health's comprehensive epilepsy program offers state-of-the-art care for patients with epilepsy or those suspected of having seizures, including using neuroimaging procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to create images of the brain.


Epilepsy and Neuroimaging


Our epilepsy program uses the following neuroimaging techniques in diagnosing and treating epilepsy patients:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the head and brain. MRI produces a very accurate depiction of the brain and are effective in identifying blood vessel problems, blood clots and aneurysms.

    Learn more about magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan: PET scans reveal how cells are functioning by injecting a small amount of radioactive dye into the body. In patients with epilepsy, PET scans may show which part of the brain is having seizures.

    Learn more about PET scans

  • Functional MRI (fMRI): fMRI is a non-invasive procedure that helps identify the specific areas in the brain that control important functions like speech, cognition and body movement, which helps physicians determine the most effective and safe avenues for surgery.