Teaching hospital adds tech to enhance imaging for brain function studies

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is implementing new brain imaging technology that can precisely identify neurological issues that are limiting patient functions.

The Memphis, Tenn.-based pediatric hospital is installing the next generation of magnetoencephalography (MEG) technology that permits functional brain imaging.

The facility is the first hospital in the world to implement the Triux neo, from Helsinki-based Triux. Its neo system is a fourth-generation version of MEG, developed to support medical professionals in the delivery of quality care and improved outcomes.

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Le Bonheur Children's Hospital treats children each year through community programs, regional clinics and a 255-bed hospital. It serves as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center.

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The technology will be used to assess complex neurological disorders, and is highly sensitive and non-invasive, says James Wheless, MD, chief of pediatric neurology for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and co-director of Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute.

The new technology can detect and localize neural events that are generated in the brain with millimeter accuracy and millisecond resolution. Information derived from the technology can be merged with structural MRI imaging and provides the capability of looking at important areas of the brain that control the ability to see, talk or move.

Coordinating these technologies can confirm a diagnosis when results from other imaging modalities, used in isolation, are inconclusive. That can increase the accuracy of surgical intervention and minimize the risk that neurological deficits can result from procedures that use less exact mapping.

"Using MEG, we determine the focus of seizures and can map sensory and motor areas," says Frederick Boop, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and co-director of the Neuroscience Institute. "This has allowed us to perform brain surgery in children more safely and with fewer complications. It has also allowed us to extend our surgical capabilities in children with epilepsy to those who might not have been recognized as surgical candidates in the past. This new technology will help us continue this important work."

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