The St. Louis Regional MEG Center’s MEG Unit is available at the new regional center at Saint Louis University. The MEG, which stands for Magnetoencephalography, offers SLUCare physicians a state-of-the-art tool in the fight against brain cancer and epilepsy, allowing for a completely non-invasive examination.
What is MEG?
MEG allows neurosurgeons and neurologists to:
- Visualize neurological function and measure brain activity in real time
- Identify both normal and abnormal functions of brain structures
- Map exact location of areas important for normal functioning to ensure preservation of these critical areas during surgery
- Conduct repeat tests without adverse effects
MEG provides epileptologists with information to:
- Determine the appropriateness of surgery in epilepsy in patients whose seizures cannot be controlled by drug therapy
- Detect potential sources of seizures by revealing the exact location of the abnormalities
- Establish whether the sources of epileptic activity are located in regions which, if resected, would result in an unacceptable deficit
- Plan the optimum placement of invasive electrodes, if necessary
This new technology provides invaluable information for treatment planning and offers a new avenue for both patient diagnosis and research efforts.
For more information about the MEG at Saint Louis University, call the Physician Access Line at 1-800-637-5463.