Exploratory mapping of evoked neuromagnetic activity from human peripheral nerve, brachial plexus and spinal cord

Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol. 1991 Dec;81(6):450-3. doi: 10.1016/0013-4694(91)90007-q.


Upon conventional median nerve stimulation at the wrist early magnetic fields were recorded using a SQUID magnetometer. At the upper arm, mono- and biphasic compound nerve action fields were detected, depending on the subject's distribution of single fiber conduction velocities. At the upper thorax, brachial plexus fields reversed polarity at the level of Erb's point; their distribution was asymmetric, probably due to volume currents. At the upper lateral neck, fields from proximal plexus, spinal cord (P13m) and the primary somatosensory cortex contralateral to the sensor position were detected. The observed P13m field distribution agrees with the electrophysiological concept of a sagittal segmental dorsal horn generator.

MeSH terms

  • Brachial Plexus / physiology
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Evoked Potentials, Somatosensory / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetics
  • Muscles / physiology*
  • Neural Conduction / physiology
  • Peripheral Nerves / physiology*
  • Spinal Cord / physiology*