MTW researchers published in a roadmap exploring the applications of SQUIDs in biomagnetism

The journal Superconductor Science and Technology has published a roadmap exploring the applications of SQUIDs in biomagnetism. The article, SQUIDs in biomagnetism: a roadmap towards improved healthcare, brings together eight chapters that discuss different aspects of how superconducting technologies are poised to impact clinical care. The MedTech West researchers Justin Schneiderman, Bushra Ríaz Syeda and Christoph Pfeiffer are authors to one of the chapters in this article, that you can read here>>

Biomagnetic fields – the magnetic fields generated by electrical activity within the body – are extremely weak, making their measurement highly challenging. Yet the accurate monitoring of such fields could potentially play a major role in the diagnosis and management of a range of medical conditions, particularly brain diseases and disorders. The introduction of the superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) – an extremely sensitive magnetometer – into the medical field has enabled the non-invasive detection of such small magnetic fields. SQUIDs are now used in magnetoencephalography (MEG) to measure biomagnetic fields that emanate from the human brain, and in magnetocardiography (MCG) to measure fields in the heart.