Through the generosity of donors and a partnership with UF Health Shands Hospital, the team at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health recently added some important tools to their imaging arsenal with the unveiling of The Dorothy Mangurian Neuroimaging Suite. Officially opened in May, the 15,000-square-foot addition features four new specialized imaging machines, including two 3 Tesla MRI machines, a PET-CT machine and a magnetoencephalography, or MEG, scanner.
The MEG scanner works by measuring magnetic fields produced by electrical activity in the brain. It allows researchers like MEG lab director Abbas Babajani-Feremi, PhD, to help surgeons prepare for epilepsy-related surgery by pinpointing the exact location in the brain causing seizures. Additionally, the MEG scanner will advance research in various neurological disorders, such as brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.