Brain scanner helmet ideal for children who can't keep still

A neuroimaging helmet may be a breakthrough for children with epilepsy, babies or patients with physical disorders, according to a March 21 article published by Reuters.  

The skull-fitting scanner developed by British scientists allows patients to move with a large range of motion while brain activity is recorded by the scanner's magnetoencephalography system. 

Fitting on a patient's head like a motorcycle helmet, the scanner uses lightweight quantum sensors placed directly onto the patients' scalp, allowing for increased signal frequency during the scan despite physical movement.  

“This has the potential to revolutionize the brain imaging field and transform the scientific and clinical questions that can be addressed with human brain imaging,” said co-researcher Gareth Barnes, PhD, a professor at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging at University College London. 

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