Magnetoencephalography

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a non-invasive neuroimaging technique that measures the magnetic fields generated by the neurons in the brain. It is a powerful tool for studying the function and dynamics of the human brain, especially in the area of neuroscience research and therapy. MEG imaging is a safe and painless procedure that uses sensors to detect the magnetic fields produced by the brain. The signals from these sensors are then analyzed using advanced algorithms to reveal the activity patterns of different brain regions. This information can help researchers understand how the brain functions and how neurological disorders can affect brain activity. MEG has a wide range of applications, including analyzing abnormal brain activity in patients with epilepsy, mapping language and motor functions, and investigating the mechanisms of sensory perception. It is also used for research on various neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and schizophrenia. The non-invasive nature of MEG makes it an attractive alternative to other neuroimaging techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It is also well-suited for use in clinical settings because it does not require the use of ionizing radiation, and it has a high temporal resolution, allowing for real-time monitoring of brain activity. In summary, Magnetoencephalography is a powerful tool for studying brain function and neurological disorders. Its non-invasive nature makes it ideal for clinical use, and researchers and therapists alike use it as a vital tool in their work. The development and advancement of MEG technology are continuously improving our understanding of the brain and offering better insights into the complex functions that make us human.


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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.