Current clinical magnetoencephalography practice across Europe : Are we closer to use MEG as an established clinical tool?

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De Tiege , X , Lundqvist , D , Beniczky , S , Seri , S & Paetau , R 2017 , ' Current clinical magnetoencephalography practice across Europe : Are we closer to use MEG as an established clinical tool? ' , Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy , vol. 50 , pp. 53-59 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seizure.2017.06.002

Title: Current clinical magnetoencephalography practice across Europe : Are we closer to use MEG as an established clinical tool?
Author: De Tiege, Xavier; Lundqvist, Daniel; Beniczky, Sandor; Seri, Stefano; Paetau, Ritva
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2017-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy
ISSN: 1059-1311
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/297943
Abstract: Purpose: This comprehensive survey aims at characterizing the current clinical use of magnetoencephalography (MEG) across European MEG centres. Methods: Forty-four MEG centres across Europe were contacted in May 2015 via personalized e-mail to contribute to survey. The web-based survey was available on-line for 1 month and the MEG centres that did not respond were further contacted to maximize participation. Results: Among the 57% of responders, 12 centres from 10 different countries reported to use MEG for clinical applications. A total of 524 MEG investigations were performed in 2014 for the pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy, while in the same period 244 MEG investigations were performed for pre-surgical functional brain mapping. Seven MEG centres located in different European countries performed >50 MEG investigations for epilepsy mapping in 2014, both in children and adults. In those centres, time from patient preparation to MEG data reporting tends to be lower than those investigating a lower annual number of patients. Conclusion: This survey demonstrates that there is in Europe an increasing and widespread expertise in the field of clinical MEG. These findings should serve as a basis to harmonize clinical MEG procedures and promote the clinical added value of MEG across Europe. MEG should now be considered in Europe as a mature clinical neurophysiological technique that should be used routinely in two specific clinical indications, i.e, the pre-surgical evaluation of refractory focal epilepsy and functional brain mapping. (C) 2017 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Magnetoencephalography
Europe
Survey
Epilepsy
Pre-surgical evaluation
Functional mapping
EPILEPSY SURGERY CENTERS
RESPONSE RATES
SOURCE LOCALIZATION
WADA TEST
EEG
BRAIN
ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY
LANGUAGE
CORTEX
SENSITIVITY
3112 Neurosciences
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
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