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Elekta to deliver 3-D brain mapping system to France’s NeuroSpin brain imaging facility

Elekta : 25 February, 2008  (New Product)
Elekta is to deliver Elekta Neuromag, the world-leading equipment for non-invasive registration of nerve cell activity using magnetoencephalography (MEG) technology to the new Le Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique (CEA) facility - NeuroSpin in Saclay, France, one of the largest research sites for brain imaging in Europe.
The delivery of Elekta Neuromag is part of a collaboration contract signed between three parties: CEA, L’Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM) both French state-owned research entities with scientific, technical and industrial activity, and Elekta Neuromag, part of the Elekta Group.

The MEG system will be installed during spring of 2008 at the new CEA facility called NeuroSpin in Saclay, which was recently inaugurated and is planned to soon become the largest European site for brain imaging studies.

NeuroSpin will host up to 150 research scientists and engineers from CEA and INSERM with a large number of visiting groups. The core research staff of NeuroSpin has developed a long history of neuro-imaging research on method and instrumentation development (notably Position Emission Tomography (PET) and fMRI). In addition to the Elekta Neuromag MEG system, NeuroSpin will host four cutting-edge Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems entirely dedicated to neuro-imaging research projects.

“Our research group is interested to use a conventional MEG system as a necessary complement for MRI systems, which will contribute to the creation of a centre of expertise in medical and cognitive research using MEG and MRI approaches”, said professor Stanislas Dehaene, director of NeuroSpin's Cognitive NeuroImaging unit.

CEA and Elekta have previously been collaborating through the European Commission Framework Program on sensor optimisation and noise sensitivity for neuro-imaging applications. “This continued and enlarged cooperation between Elekta, CEA and INSERM is of great importance for the development of MEG technology”, said Dr Claude Fermon, of the nanomagnetism group in the Service de Physique de l’Etat Condense, CEA.

For Elekta, the collaboration with CEA and INSERM is an important opportunity to bring the MEG technology to a whole new level. “We see this as a major opportunity to work with Europe’s top scientists in this field, enabling us to get further ahead of the competing MEG systems on the market”, said Olof Sanden, executive vice president Europe at Elekta.
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