22 Jan 2007

New brain scanner will help researchers unravel autism

A new brain scanner specifically designed to assist research into autism is being installed in Oxford - as part of a £2.3m venture between The Open University and the Universities of Oxford and Durham.

The MEG (magnetoencephalography) scanner allows doctors and researchers to view brain activity while particular tasks are performed, showing both where and when different parts of the brain are active. The scanner measures the tiny magnetic fields generated by brain activity.

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