Deep Learning Provides Exceptional Accuracy to ECoG-Based Functional Language Mapping for Epilepsy Surgery

Harish RaviPrakash*, Milena Korostenskaja, Eduardo M. Castillo, Ki H. Lee, Christine M. Salinas, James Baumgartner, Syed M. Anwar, Concetto Spampinato, Ulas Bagci

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The success of surgical resection in epilepsy patients depends on preserving functionally critical brain regions, while removing pathological tissues. Being the gold standard, electro-cortical stimulation mapping (ESM) helps surgeons in localizing the function of eloquent cortex through electrical stimulation of electrodes placed directly on the cortical brain surface. Due to the potential hazards of ESM, including increased risk of provoked seizures, electrocorticography based functional mapping (ECoG-FM) was introduced as a safer alternative approach. However, ECoG-FM has a low success rate when compared to the ESM. In this study, we address this critical limitation by developing a new algorithm based on deep learning for ECoG-FM and thereby we achieve an accuracy comparable to ESM in identifying eloquent language cortex. In our experiments, with 11 epilepsy patients who underwent presurgical evaluation (through deep learning-based signal analysis on 637 electrodes), our proposed algorithm obtained an accuracy of 83.05% in identifying language regions, an exceptional 23% improvement with respect to the conventional ECoG-FM analysis (∼60%). Our findings have demonstrated, for the first time, that deep learning powered ECoG-FM can serve as a stand-alone modality and avoid likely hazards of the ESM in epilepsy surgery. Hence, reducing the potential for developing post-surgical morbidity in the language function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number409
JournalFrontiers in Neuroscience
StatePublished - May 6 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • deep learning
  • electro-cortical stimulation mapping
  • electrocorticography
  • eloquent cortex localization
  • real-time functional mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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