A new study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's (AAN's) 66th annual meeting in Philadelphia reveals that a specially designed smartphone app can help in the detection of epileptic seizures.
Researchers led by Dr Victor Patterson, a neurologist from Belfast, questioned around 67 epilepsy patients about their seizures and selected the most helpful answers that could help predict a seizure, using them to develop the software.
On testing the effect of the app on 162 epilepsy patients in India and Nepal, the researchers found that the app's predictions agreed with that of doctors' diagnosis in 96 percent of the cases.
"It can often be difficult to determine whether someone is having an epileptic seizure. This app will help health professionals evaluate and make the diagnosis, especially when doctors are not available", Dr Patterson said.