Welcome to the Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Lab at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
MEG is a safe and noninvasive technology for measuring human brain activity. It is based on detection of the tiny magnetic fluctuations caused by electrical currents within the brain. An array of sensitive detectors surrounds the head, measuring magnetic signals with millisecond precision and allowing researchers to study the rapid brain events that underlie human cognition.
Our MEG scanner, an Elekta Neuromag Triux with 306 channels plus 128 channels for EEG, was installed in 2011 and is the first of its kind in North America. It is housed within a magnetically shielded room to reduce background noise.
The MEG lab is part of the Martinos Imaging Center at MIT, operating as a core facility, and accessible to all members of the local research community. Potential users should contact Dimitrios Pantazis for more information.
The MEG Lab was made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation and through the generous support of the following donors: Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. ’57; Edward and Kay Poitras; The Simons Foundation; and an anonymous donor.