Measurement of Brainstem Auditory Evoked Magnetic Fields Using a Highly Sensitive SQUID Magnetometer with a Variable Baseline

Keiji Iramina, Shoogo Ueno

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Abstract

This study focuses on the detection of ABR (auditory evoked brainstem response) magnetic fields using a SQUID magnetometer. The ABR magnetic field is a very weak signal with an intensity of less than 10-14 T which is near the limits of sensitivity of the SQUID magnetometer. We developed a highly sensitive dc-SQUID magnetometer. It has a first-order gradiometer with a variable baseline, i.e., the distance between two co-axial coils which are wound in opposite directions to reduce the environmental magnetic noise. In this system, one can choose the best pick-up coil to reduce the environmental magnetic noise. We tried to measure ABR magnetic fields using three gradiometers. It was possible to detect the ABR magnetic fields using a 50-mm baseline gradiometer. We also studied the optimum baseline to measure magnetic fields by computer simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4271-4273
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1995

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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