Nieminen's innovation produces higher quality images and achieves a unprecedented level of contrast, making it easier to identify the characteristics of the brain's different tissues and, for example, to diagnose cancers. This will help the work of radiologists and neurosurgeons.
The hybrid MEG-MRI device is also more patient-friendly than traditional MRI imaging. Thanks to its lower magnetic field it can also be used for imaging patients with a pacemakers. The new device is expected to come into regular use in the next few years. Nieminen's research group at Aalto University is now among the leaders in the field of brain imaging.