Successful MEG installation at Barrow Neurological Institute

Compumedics Neuroscan is pleased to announce the successful installation and first phase commissioning of the Orion LifeSpan™ magnetoencephalography (MEG) at Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Compumedics is also in the process of submitting its application for FDA 510(k) clearance, which will allow for clinical use of the MEG device, primarily for epilepsy and pre-surgical brain function mapping. This milestone marks the beginning of an exciting clinical and neuroscience research program planned at the prestigious neuroscience institute.

This successful installation marks a milestone for the MEG, with the Orion LifeSpan™ MEG being the first completely new design of a commercial MEG instrument to be delivered and installed in almost twenty years.

BNI, the world’s largest neurological disease treatment and research institution, is consistently ranked as one of the best neurosurgical training centers in the world. The Institute was founded in 1962 and has since grown to be one of the premier facilities in the world for neurology and neurosurgery, with more operative neurosurgical procedures undertaken at BNI than at any other USA institution.

Orion LifeSpan™ MEG technology has evolved from more than thirty years experience with magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalogram (EEG) technologies. Included are innovations in acquisition/analysis/visualisation software, highly sensitive magnetic field detectors and low-noise amplifier electronics, which have been developed at both the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) and within Compumedics Neuroscan itself.

Ground-breaking features of the Orion LifeSpan™ MEG include advanced Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) detectors for unparalleled sensitivity to brain signals; reduced operating cost from zero-loss helium reliquification with 24/7 operation; a fully integrated low-noise, high-density EEG monitoring system utilising the latest Compumedics/Neuroscan technology.

These hardware advancements are fully integrated with the state-of-the-art FDA-approved coregistration, neuroimage processing, and source estimation software known as CURRY – the world’s gold standard for clinical MEG/EEG and neuroscience research. Orion LifeSpan™ MEG also allows for a unique dual-helmet sensing system, with one side optimised for adult MEG recordings and the other for paediatrics. The exclusive pediatric capability will shortly be implemented at BNI, during the second and final installation phase.