Magnetoencephalography (MEG) in clinical practice
Live webinar: February 29, 2024. 1pm GMT | 3pm EET | 8am EST | 4pm SAST
This MEGIN Masterclass is presented by Dr Vahe Poghosyan and will discuss, "Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a non-invasive neurophysiological technique that measures magnetic fields (magnetic flux density) produced by neuronal ionic currents. It has wide ranging research applications in the fields of neuroscience and medicine. In clinical practice, MEG is used to localize epileptic brain foci and map functionally eloquent cortex. It is now well-established that incorporation of MEG in selection and presurgical evaluation of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy significantly increases the number of surgical candidates and improves surgical outcomes. Nonetheless, clinical MEG is still underutilized and has not been included in the standard of care in a large majority of medical centers worldwide. Scarcity of clinical MEG centers, and misunderstanding and misconceptions about MEG contribute to its pervasive underutilization in clinical practice."
In this presentation, Dr Poghosyan will:
- First briefly introduce MEG,
- Describe the organization and clinical MEG workup employed at KFMC (including procedure and methodology), where over 200 clinical MEG studies are performed every year,
- Finally, present KFMC's latest findings highlighting the real clinical value and utility of MEG in epilepsy surgery.
Biosketch: Dr. Vahe Poghosyan is the Head of the MEG Unit at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, which is the only MEG center in Saudi Arabia, and as such serves patients throughout the country. Over the course of his career spanning over 25 years, Dr. Poghosyan has held various research, clinical, and leadership roles, including a decade at RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan (1998-2008), an eight-year tenure at AAI Scientific Cultural Services Ltd. in Cyprus (2008-2016), and his current position at King Fahad Medical City since 2016. Dr. Poghosyan's diverse educational background includes an MSc in Mathematics from Yerevan State University (1997) and Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (2001).
Dr. Poghosyan's clinical work is focused on the presurgical evaluation of patients with epilepsy and brain lesions, while his current research interests center on advancing the clinical applications of MEG and improving patient outcomes. He also holds a particular interest in pharmaco-MEG and neurobiological basis of mental disorders.
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*MEGIN does not endorse any applications or treatments mentioned at this event. TRIUX™ neo is intended to non-invasively locate regions of epileptic activity within the brain and, in conjunction with other diagnostic data, in neurosurgical planning. All other applications are research in nature.
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