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Quantum sensors enable painless muscle diagnostics for the first time

They could partially replace the current standard method and potentially revolutionize muscle diagnostics. Unclear muscle weakness, paralysis, cramps, twitching or pain: these are typical complaints that require a neurological examination of the muscles. Until now, needle electromyography (EMG) has been used for this purpose. The procedure is quite painful and therefore quickly reaches its limits, especially in children. An international research team led by Dr Justus Marquetand from the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research and the University Hospital Tübingen has now shown that the examination of potentially pathological muscle signals is also possible using quantum sensors.

Press release (in German only)

Copyright: Marquetand, 2021