Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory

The Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory (BIL) is focused on improving non-invasive functional brain imaging methods so that we can develop a better understanding of the dynamics of brain networks involved in processing and learning of complex human behaviors, such as speech and language. We use multiple modalities of brain imaging in conjuction with other tools, such as:

Magnetoencephalographic Imaging (MEGI)

Magnetoencephalographic Imaging (MEGI)

Functional Connectivity (fMRI, MEGI)

Functional Connectivity (fMRI, MEGI)

Machine learning algorithm development

Machine learning algorithm development

Electrocorticography (ECoG)

Electrocorticography (ECoG)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

BCI, Computer games and training

BCI, Computer games and training

Speech Neuroscience research

Speech Neuroscience Research

The Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory (BIL) is a shared clinical and research facility established for over 20 years in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF.  The laboratory primarily conducts basic and clinical research on brain function with a focus on Magnetoencephagraphic (MEG) Imaging technology, a non-invasive measurement of magnetic fields.  The laboratory also provides clinical services such as mapping of brain regions involved in eloquent function, in patients with brain tumors and other brain lesions (which is critical in providing neurosurgeons pre-op brain mapping information to minimize any harm to brain functions), and epileptic zone localization in patients with epilepsy.  UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is amongst of only 25 clinical MEG sites in the US, and the older of only two sites in California. 

The Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory (BIL) provides the following:

Measure magnetic and electric brain activity

Measure magnetic and electric brain activity• Clinical patients for presurgical work up (brain tumor, epilepsy)
• Research patients with various neurologic conditions (traumatic brain injury, dementia, autism, schizophrenia, stroke, tinnitus, spasmodic dysphonia, focal hand dystonia, primary progressive aphasia, agenesis of the corpus callosum, dyslexia, etc.)

 

MEG/MSI Support and Service for Clinical & Research Purposes

MEG/MSI• MEG - Magnetoencephalography
• MSI – Magnetic Source Imaging  (MEG + MRI = MSI)

 

 

 

Perform Source Analysis

source analysis• Standard analysis software/protocols
• Specialized source analysis algorithms developed in house

 

 

Administrative Support

BIL groupCoordination of patient schedules, scheduling, screening, consenting, recharging, CHR management, reimbursements, etc.