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Principles and Applications of Biomagnetic Stimulation and Imaging, 1st Edition

Edited by Shoogo Ueno, Masaki Sekino

CRC Press

344 pages | 110 B/W Illus.

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Discover the Most Advanced Technologies in Biomagnetics

Co-edited by Professor Ueno, a leader in the biomagnetics field for over 40 years, Biomagnetics: Principles and Applications of Biomagnetic Stimulation and Imaging explains the physical principles of biomagnetic stimulation and imaging and explores applications of the latest techniques in neuroscience, clinical medicine, and healthcare. The book shows you how the techniques are used in hospitals and why they are so promising. A brief overview of recent research trends in biomagnetics provides you with an up-to-date, informative guide to explore further in this field.

The book focuses on three important areas:

  1. Magnetic nerve stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation
  2. Biomagnetic measurements and imaging of the human brain by advanced technologies of magnetoencephalography and MRI
  3. Biomagnetic approaches to potential treatments of cancers, pains, and other neurological and psychiatric diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression

These core areas of the book were developed from the editors’ prestigious graduate-level courses in biomedical engineering. The text also discusses biomagnetic approaches to advanced medicine, including regenerative and rehabilitation medicine.


"The interactions between (electro)magnetic fields and biological materials are complex. Complexity increases when biological materials are alive and performing a physiological function. Understanding these interactions requires solid knowledge on electromagnetism, biology and physiology, and an openness of mind. The book succeeds in presenting this complex matter in a rigorous but understandable way. This book will be of great interest for both engineers and physicist working in the fields, as well as for the technically-skilled medical doctors…This is a highly recommended book…Anyone working or wishing to work in the filed should read it."

—Pere J. Riu, in BioMedical Engineering OnLine, 2016

"This book provides a very good review of a large amount of information on the use of magnetic fields for the stimulation of the brain and imaging. It is particularly strong in the area of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain, where the authors have made important contributions to the field. The parameters … are well described, along with some of the current limitations of this technique. The material is at a level that provides a good starting point for both students and designers who wish to work in this area. … The discussion of magnetoencephalography (MEG) includes a good description of the inverse problem in locating the signal generating nerves and the need to detect very weak magnetic signals that are generated by the firing of small nerve bundles. … The treatment of nuclear magnetic resonance is quite complete. … a good starting point for students and workers in the field who are interested in both MRI imaging systems and those who are interested in exploring the effects of magnetic fields on biological systems."

Frank S. Barnes, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Computer and Energy Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

"Biomagneticsto a large extent reflects the extraordinary scientific accomplishments of Dr. Shoogo Ueno. At the same time, this book is so well organized that it could be used as a textbook for a senior or graduate course in biomagnetics. Unlike most other books in this field, the focus here is a mechanistic understanding of the fundamental phenomena, which are then harnessed for important applications. In a clear and pedagogical approach, Professors Ueno and Sekino introduce you to the extraordinary discoveries made in Dr. Ueno’s laboratory. One example is the invention of the figure eight coil that is used to induce transcranial magnetic stimulation,which today is a growing field of medicine for the treatment of devastating conditions that do not respond to drug therapy. Biomagnetics also describes two important discoveries of how magnetic fields can affect biological systems. One explains how strong static magnetic fields can affect the polarization of the growth of cells and another how relatively low radio frequency magnetic fields can affect the uptake and release of iron from the protein ferritin. For students, this book introduces them to all the major areas of biomagnetics; for teachers, it suggests a novel syllabus and for researchers, it gives a perspective on the leading edges of biomagnetics."

Dr. Frank S. Prato, PhD, FCCPM, FCOMP, Imaging Program Leader and Assistant Scientific Director, Lawson Health Research Institute, and Professor, Departments of Medical Imaging and Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario

"Ueno and Sekino’s book on biomagnetism offers comprehensive coverage of this increasingly important field of physics applied to biology and medicine. The authors, who are well-known contributors to this area’s state of knowledge, present an in-depth but highly readable account of the way magnetic fields are used both to influence biological systems and measure body function. In addition, the book covers the way magnetic fields produced by the body itself can be measured. Highly recommended to all students and researchers who are looking for an authoritative treatise on this expanding topic."

Andrew Wood, Professor and Chair of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

"In his long and successful academic career, Professor Shoogo Ueno has contributed significantly to the scientific and technological development of the biomagnetics field. … Biomagnetics: Principles and Applications of Biomagnetic Stimulation and Imaging covers the whole range of the field as would be expected from the editors’ past work. Many observable phenomena induced by the interaction of magnetic fields with biological materials are described here together with the underlying basic physics of magnetism and/or electromagnetics so that readers can better understand these phenomena."

—From the Foreword by Dr. Seiji Ogawa, Professor, Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai, Japan, and Distinguished Visiting Professor and Director of fMRI Research, Neuroscience Research Institute, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, South Korea

Table of Contents


Shoogo Ueno

Principles of Biomagnetic Stimulation

Shoogo Ueno and Masaki Sekino

Applications of Biomagnetic Stimulation for Medical Treatments and Brain Research

Shoogo Ueno and Masaki Sekino

Biomagnetic Measurements

Sunao Iwaki

Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Masaki Sekino, Norio Iriguchi, and Shoogo Ueno

Prospects of Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Impedance and Electric Currents

Masaki Sekino, Norio Iriguchi, and Shoogo Ueno

Magnetic Control of Biological Cell Growth

Shoogo Ueno and Sachiko Yamaguchi-Sekino

Effects of Radio Frequency Magnetic Fields on Iron Release and Uptake from and into Cage Proteins

Oscar Cespedes and Shoogo Ueno

Safety Aspects of Magnetic and Electromagnetic Fields

Sachiko Yamaguchi-Sekino, Tsukasa Shigemitsu, and Shoogo Ueno

New Horizons in Biomagnetics and Bioimaging

Shoogo Ueno and Masaki Sekino

About the Editors

Shoogo Ueno, PhD, is a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and a professor in the Department of Applied Quantum Physics, Graduate School of Engineering at Kyushu University. Dr. Ueno is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). He is a recipient of the IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award and the Bioelectromagnetics Society d’Arsonval Medal.

Masaki Sekino, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Sekino is a recipient of the International Union of Radio Science Young Scientist Award and the International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering Best Conference Paper Award.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
MEDICAL / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
SCIENCE / Physics