Epilepsy Protocol MRI

An MRI provides an accurate picture of the structures of the brain using magnetic technology. An epilepsy protocol MRI is different from a standard brain MRI because the pictures are focused to look in the structures of the brain that are most likely to cause seizures. This test is done to identify areas of scar tissue, brain lesions, blood vessel abnormalities or changes in normal brain tissue that could cause seizures.

How to prepare for an epilepsy protocol MRI

Before you schedule your MRI, make sure the location has an MRI machine capable of performing an “epilepsy protocol” MRI. Complete the MRI safety form as directed by the facility, noting especially if you have any implanted medical devices such as a VNS. On the day of the test, take your medications as prescribed by your physician. There are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink prior to your MRI. During the test, you will be asked to lie still as directed by an MRI technician.