Fellow Linda Douw was collaborating for a study finding altered brain connections in epilepsy patients
To learn more, Drs. Stufflebeam and DeSalvo, Linda Douw (Ph.D.), Naoaki Tanaka (M.D., Ph.D.) and Claus Reinsberger (M.D., Ph.D.) performed diffusion tensor imaging, a type of MRI that tracks the movement, or diffusion, of water in the brain’s white matter, the nerve fibers that transmit signals throughout the brain. Using diffusion MRI, the researchers found alternations in the structural connectivity beyond the medical temporal lobe, especially in the default mode network. Furthermore the study reveals that patients with left temporal lobe epilepsy exhibited a decrease in long-range connectivity.