Magnetoencephaloghy (MEG) and CURRY – A long history together
The CURRY NeuroImaging platform and MEG have a history stretching back over 25 years. CURRY was first conceived as a product in the late 1980’s when Philips Electronics investigated the feasibility of developing its own MEG hardware platform. Ultimately, the hardware platform was not released commercially, but the software development, along with its core engineering architects, Dr. Manfred Fuchs and Dr. Michael Wagner, continued. When Philips exited the MEG business, CURRY and the development team were purchased by Neuroscan. At that time, the UNIX-based CURRY platform appealed more to the research community than to the clinical market. By 1999, studies were published describing the application of CURRY for cortical localization of auditory, visual, and tactile stimulation, based on evoked EEG and MEG activity.
Importantly, “novel developments” and “new approaches to detailed localization of specific epileptic discharges” as well as identification of functionally critical areas of the brain controlling language and memory using CURRY, were also described in the clinical literature. Processing algorithms have also been validated for evaluation of mild to severe traumatic brain injury.
The migration of CURRY from the UNIX to Windows platform in 2003 facilitated a rapid expansion of the use of CURRY in both the research and clinical communities.
The benefits associated with CURRY’s ability to integrate MEG with EEG and co-register these high temporal resolution functional imaging data with structural neuroimaging data including MRI, CT, DTI, PET, SPECT and fMRI accelerated the adoption of the software for both research and clinical applications. Early clinical adopters, such as Dr. John Ebersole, supported and championed the benefits of source localization tools such as CURRY, contributing to the development of specific source analysis billing codes for EEG and MEG.
For a long time, CURRY has been the de-facto software platform for clinical MEG community, particularly for those assessing epilepsy. This has culminated in the adoption of CURRY as the standard analysis platform by the European Epilepsy Consortium.
For the CURRY team, integrating CURRY with the KRISS MEG hardware represents a full circle of development. With long-term future development plans for both hardware and software, CURRY MEG will offer a continuous growth of benefits facilitated by the first fully integrated platform supporting multi-modal neuroimaging of EEG, MEG, including co-registration and source reconstruction from a single provider.