Scientists manage to visualize nerve activity outside brain

A Japan-based study team has generated innovative new technology which makes it possible to visualize, outside the brain, nerve activity in select parts of the body. This will allow for a more precise identification of neural conditions.

According to a statement on the 24th of July by the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Ricoh Co., and the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, the arrangements have been concluded in order to commercialize magnetospinography technology so it can be utilized in the deduction of neuralgia and various other nerve disorders.

Magnetospinography is a first-of-its kind technology which, according to an announcement made by the study team, is said to be made available to the public in about 2 years.

A professor of spine surgery at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Shigenori Kawabata, stated how they presume treatment accuracy to significantly progress by being able to observe nerve activity.

As stated by the announcement, magnetospinography system noninvasively notes and visualizes the slight magnetic fields caused by the electrical signals in nerves in charge of bodily movement and communicating sensory data from different parts of the body to the brain.

Graphs and other measures can be used to visualize the neural signal’s measured strength and routes.

The researchers state that magnetospinography can help identify various ailments including back pain, spinal cord conditions, disk herniation and ailments linked to limb nerves.

Patients suspected to be suffering from neural conditions usually go for an MRI test so as to reaffirm the doctor’s diagnosis. However, according to scientists, this only lets doctors estimate the nerve activity.
In 1999, the Kanazawa Institute of Technology and the Tokyo Medical and Dental University began generating the sensor and performing test runs of magnetospinography. They were joined by Ricoh in year 2014.

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