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MEG Young Epilepsy. Through Innovation and cutting-edge technology we are revolutionising how children are diagnosed with epilepsy

Introducing a new brain scanning system for improved diagnosis and evaluation of children and young people with epilepsy

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a brain scanner that records brain function by measuring minute changes in magnetic fields produced as brain cells communicate. It is a vital part of neurological diagnostics and surgical evaluation, and the scanning technology has existed for many years. However, existing MEG scanners have critical limitations; children must remain still or be sedated during their epilepsy investigations, causing stress and anxiety, with some children in the UK having to travel abroad to access the old-fashioned style of MEG.

In partnership, we have created the world's first brain-imaging tool designed specifically for children.

Image: the development of our new style lightweight MU-Room.

MEG functions within a magnetically shielded room to suppress environmental magnetic noise. Our new MEG system works within a light Mu-Room, making this technology much more affordable for other healthcare facilities

The development of the new MEG system overcomes the need for young patients to stay still during a brain scan and has been developed to be significantly more accessible and accurate for children - particularly those with complex needs.

This new technology will offer earlier diagnosis and better treatment options, resulting in better outcomes for the children.

Ending the need for sedation will transform the experience, reducing risk and anxiety and improving the quality of the scan.

We have worked in close collaboration with UCL Institute for Neurology, University of Nottingham, and Magnetic Shields Ltd, and we will continue to work together to test the MEG's technical and clinical feasibility.

Young Epilepsy Diagnostic Suite - artist's impression
Image: Artist's impression of our new family-friendly diagnostic suite.

The new MEG system is set within a family-friendly environment which includes a family room and new sensory garden for children and families to use when visiting the diagnostic suite. The garden is a really important element of the diagnostic suite as we know that therapeutic sensory gardens are important to reduce anxiety and help individuals with their mental health and wellbeing. We are delighted to have the help of a Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist garden designer to create this wonderful outdoor space and work on the garden will start in August.

We are extremely grateful to the Wolfson Foundation and Innovate UK for their generous support in making it a reality.

We are still raising the funds needed to complete the garden, please visit/share our Just Giving page that can be found here: MEG sensory garden

Cyber EssentialsFundraising RegulatorYoung Epilepsy is the operating name of The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy Charitable Trust.
Registered Charity number 311877 (England and Wales)

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