Whole head measurement of auditory evoked magnetic field using a MR-linked helmet shaped MEG system

N. Nakasato, K. Seki, T. Kawamura, S. Fujita, A. Matani, S. Fujiwara, T. Yoshimoto

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Abstract

Authors compared MR anatomy and magnetoencephalographic (MEG) functional methods in locating auditory cortex in 20 normal volunteers and 56 patients with intracranial structural lesions. Auditory evoked response was measured over the entire head, using a helmet shaped 64 channel MEG system. In each subject, three dimensional MR image was obtained with identical coordinate system of MEG. Best fit sphere to each subject's head was calculated from MRI data. Signal source of auditory evoked MEG was estimated using a two dipole model in the best fit sphere. Position and orientation of dipoles were superimposed on each subject's MRI. Both left and right dipolar patterns appeared about 100 ms after unilateral auditory stimuli (N100m) in 19 normal subjects and 47 patients. These dipolar patterns overlap each other across the midline. A two dipole model successfully localized bilateral N100m dipoles in the upper surface of superior temporal planes. N100m response was missing unilaterally in 1 normal subjects and 9 patients inspite of normal audiometry findings, suggesting sub-clinical auditory dysfunction. The MR-linked whole head MEG is a non-invasive tool to localize source of auditory evoked N100m response even in the case with intracranial structural lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-637
Number of pages6
JournalBrain and Nerve
Volume46
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Aug 3
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • auditory evoked response
  • functional brain map
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • magnetoencephalography
  • whole head MEG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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