Hybrid MEG-MRI Imaging System (MEGMRI)
Forskningsprojekt , 2008 – 2013

We will develop and validate hybrid magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that will allow simultaneous structural (MRI) and functional (MEG) imaging of the human brain. MEG is a non-invasive 3D functional imaging with a high temporal resolution compared to other functional imaging but often suffers from a precise structural localization which will be solved by the dual modality approach of the MEGMRI hybrid scanner. In parallel, low field MRI, a new very promising alternative to conventional high field MRI will provide enhanced image contrast in certain applications, improved geometric accuracy, improve safety (for patient with pacemakers and other implants, for pregnant women, for infants), and reduce costs. These new opportunities are based on recent advances in ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors. Superconducting magnetometers based on quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) have been recently used to provide 2D-MRI images at very low fields by two US teams. In parallel, a new type of magnetometer, called mixed sensor, based on spin electronics devices, has been developed within our consortium and used for low-field NMR. The first part of the project will be focused on sensor optimization, and low-field MRI development. This covers the development of field-tolerant SQUIDs and optimized mixed sensors and 3D-MRI low-field hardware and software development. The second part of the project will be devoted to a prototype building with the best kind of sensor and extensive preclinical validation, covering major brain disorders for adults and children. The consortium of MEGMRI has the necessary skills to perform all the tasks: sensor developers, MRI experts, MEG developers and clinical validators. It contains 13 partners from 5 countries including 3 SMEs and one large medical device manufacturer.

Deltagare

Dag Winkler (kontakt)

Professor vid Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap (MC2)

Samarbetspartners

Aalto-Yliopisto

Espoo, Finland

Aivon Oy

Helsinki, Finland

Associazone Fatebenefratelli per la Ricerca

Rome, Italy

Cedrat Technologies

Meylan, France

Elekta

Stockholm, Sweden

Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS)

Helsinki, Finland

Imaging Technology Abruzzo S.r.l.

L'Aquila, Italy

Le Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA)

Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Braunschweig, Germany

Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus (VTT)

Espoo, Finland

Universita degli Studi di Parma

Parma, Italy

Universita degli Studi Gabriele d'annunzio di Chieti-Pescara

Chieti, Italy

Finansiering

Europeiska kommissionen (FP7)

Finansierar Chalmers deltagande under 2013

Europeiska kommissionen (FP7)

Finansierar Chalmers deltagande under 2008–2012

Relaterade styrkeområden och infrastruktur

Hållbar utveckling

Drivkrafter

Mer information

Projektets webbplats

http://www.megmri.net/

Senast uppdaterat

2015-12-10