Advanced Technology and Innovation Treatment Approach

Our team of pediatric epilepsy specialists at Arkansas Children’s provide advanced care through state-of-the-art technology and innovative approaches for improved outcomes. As an academic medical center, our approach includes the continuous discovery of new and improved techniques, with access to clinical trials and research, to better control seizures for our young epilepsy patients. Through a system investment in the best technology, we are able to obtain the highest quality images through our Neurophysiological Lab test capabilities.

Non-Invasive Brain Mapping Technology for Epilepsy

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is home to a non-invasive brain mapping technology called magnetoencephalography (MEG). The only one of its kind in the state, the MEG system allows physicians to help identify patients who may benefit from epilepsy surgery. It’s also used to evaluate brain activity and mapping before brain tumor surgery.

MEG detects magnetic fields produced in the brain to help our epileptologists (doctors who treat epilepsy) to identify areas of the brain that seizures are generating. The mapping technology is more precise than standard electroencephalography (EEG); however, it’s complementary to other tests and usually used in combination with MRI scans and EEG tests.

The MEG test is non-invasive and safe for both children and adults. The test can take up to an hour, but the entire visit could last up to four hours.

MEG also has research applications in patients with neurological disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

State-of-the-Art Neurophysiological Lab Testing

The Neurophysiology Laboratory provides state-of-the-art neurophysiological testing for our patients of all ages – while they are in the hospital or at a clinic visit. We offer a wide range of advanced tests, including:

  • Digital Electroencephalogram (EEG): Detects abnormalities related to electrical activity of the brain
  • Intraoperative Intracranial Prolonged EEG Monitoring: Carefully monitors brain activity during surgery for definitive seizure onset with direct surgical management
  • Intraoperative Functional Brain Mapping: Localize and identify areas of functional capability, including speech, movement and visual function to successfully preserve function in the removal of the epilepsy focus
  • Outpatient Prolonged Video EEG: Records both physical or behavioral activity with brain activity to determine correlations 
  • Routine Digital EEG: Our advanced portable EEG equipment, within our 14-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, allows for continuous monitoring over several days to identity, classify and localize seizures

In addition, our extensive long-term video EEG is used for both medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy, but also careful monitoring in critical care areas for Neonatal, Pediatric, and Cardiovascular Intensive Care.

Advanced Neuroimaging

Advanced neuroimaging at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program allows our epilepsy specialists to see images of the brain for diagnostic and monitoring benefits for our young patients. By using the following noninvasive imaging tests, our specialists can see the structure and functionality of the brain:

  • Three Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3T MRI): Providing a more accurate analysis for a whole-brain epilepsy evaluation, this more advanced 3T MRI detects structural brain abnormalities
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Accepting Referrals to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Arkansas Children’s

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program accepts patients through a physician referral. If you would like to learn more about our services, please talk with your child's physician and tell him/her you would like to be referred to our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Arkansas Children’s for epilepsy care. Please have your doctor contact the Arkansas Children's Appointment Center to make a referral at 501-364-4000. If your child does not have a regular physician, please call 501-364-4000 and we will be happy to recommend one in your area.

Contact Us for More Information

For appointments, please call 501-364-4000 or fax information to 501-978-5440.

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is part of the Arkansas Children’s Neuroscience Center located at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, South Wing on the 2nd Floor. Our specialists also see patients in the Arkansas Children’s regional clinic in Jonesboro and Arkansas Children's Northwest in Springdale. Please view our maps to easily find us.