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Hybrid MEG-MRI Imaging System

Objective

We will develop and validate hybrid magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that will allow simultaneous structural (MRI) and functional (MEG) imaging of the human brain. MEG is a non-invasive 3D functional imaging with a high temporal resolution compared to other functional imaging but often suffers from a precise structural localization which will be solved by the dual modality approach of the MEGMRI hybrid scanner. In parallel, low field MRI, a new very promising alternative to conventional high field MRI will provide enhanced image contrast in certain applications, improved geometric accuracy, improve safety (for patient with pacemakers and other implants, for pregnant women, for infants), and reduce costs. These new opportunities are based on recent advances in ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors. Superconducting magnetometers based on quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) have been recently used to provide 2D-MRI images at very low fields by two US teams. In parallel, a new type of magnetometer, called mixed sensor, based on spin electronics devices, has been developed within our consortium and used for low-field NMR. The first part of the project will be focused on sensor optimization, and low-field MRI development. This covers the development of field-tolerant SQUIDs and optimized mixed sensors and 3D-MRI low-field hardware and software development. The second part of the project will be devoted to a prototype building with the best kind of sensor and extensive preclinical validation, covering major brain disorders for adults and children. The consortium of MEGMRI has the necessary skills to perform all the tasks: sensor developers, MRI experts, MEG developers and clinical validators. It contains 13 partners from 5 countries including 3 SMEs and one large medical device manufacturer.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/software development
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/radiology/medical imaging/magnetic resonance imaging
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/medical bioproducts/implants

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-A
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 972 360
Administrative Contact
Risto Ilmoniemi (Prof.)

Participants (12)

AIVON OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 161 328
Address
Tietotie 3
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jari Sakari Penttilä (Dr.)
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 316 000
Address
Chemin Du Vieux Chene 59
38240 Meylan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Line Roux (Ms.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 297 934
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Collin (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 559 080
Address
Via Dei Vestini 31
66013 Chieti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gian Luca Romani (Prof)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 793 865
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Arrigas (Ms.)
ELEKTA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 447 200
Address
Kungstensgatan 18
SE-10393 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antti Ilmari Ahonen (Dr.)
ASSOCIAZIONE FATEBENEFRATELLI PER LA RICERCA BIOMEDICA E SANITARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 147 840
Address
Via Della Nocetta 263
00164 Rome
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paolo Maria Rossini (Prof.)
HELSINGIN JA UUDENMAAN SAIRAANHOITOPIIRIN KUNTAYHTYMÄ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 120 262
Address
Stenbackinkatu 9
00029 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Merja Takala (Ms.)
IMAGING TECHNOLOGY ABRUZZO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 327 000
Address
Localita' Boschetto, Nucleo Di Pile Snc
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vittorio Miconi (Dr.)
PHYSIKALISCH-TECHNISCHE BUNDESANSTALT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 36 754
Address
Bundesallee 100
38116 Braunschweig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maren Jachmann (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 144 450
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franco Ferrari (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 541 583
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tarja Tuominen (Ms.)