Magnetoencephalography-a noninvasive brain imaging method with 1 ms time resolution

Cosimo Del Gratta, Vittorio Pizzella, Franca Tecchio, Gian Luca Romani

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The basics of magnetoencephalography (MEG), i.e. the measurement and the analysis of the tiny magnetic fields generated outside the scalp by the working human brain, are reviewed. Three main topics are discussed: (1) the relationship between the magnetic field and its generators, including on one hand the neurophysiological basis and the physical theory of magnetic field generation, and on the other hand the techniques for the estimation of the sources from the magnetic field measurements; (2) the instrumental techniques and the laboratory practice of neuromagnetic field measurement and (3) the main applications of MEG in basic neurophysiology as well as in clinical neurology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1759-1814
Number of pages56
JournalReports on Progress in Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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