Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering


Magnetic cross-modal brain activity scanner

MAX-BAS is a FET Innovation Launchpad project that aims at commercialising the whole-head MEG-MRI scanner that was developed in the FET Open project BREAKBEN. The system uses the same superconductor-based detectors for both magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. This will make it possible to localise brain activity in anatomical structures with unprecedented accuracy while tracking the bursts of activity in millisecond scale. This is beneficial both for research and for clinical use.

The magnetic fields generated by the brain are extremely small, billion times smaller than the earth's magnetic field or the field we use for MRI. This is still several orders of magnitude less than in conventional MRI, and our ultra-low-field MRI has some unique advantages compared to it. In addition to the synergy with MEG, it enables improved contrast for tumours, and an extremely safe and open scanner that is potentially completely silent.

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