First wearable brain scanner invented

The world’s first wearable brain scanner has been invented by researchers at the University of Nottingham and the Wellcome Trust.

The technique, named magnetoencephalography (MEG) records data by the millisecond and can be used during activity – such as drinking tea.

The scanner looks like a fitted ‘helmet’ and scientists are hopeful they will be useful in diagnosing children with disorders such as epilepsy. The technique also looks promising for adults with neurodegenerative diseases.

Speaking on the research, Professor Gareth Barnes from University College London said:

“This has the potential to revolutionise the brain imaging field, and transform the scientific and clinical questions that can be addressed with human brain imaging”