Contactless measurements of retinal activity using optically pumped magnetometers

Britta U. Westner*, James I. Lubell, Mads Jensen, Sigbjørn Hokland, Sarang S. Dalal

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Optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs) have been adopted for the measurement of brain activity. Without the need to be cooled to cryogenic temperatures, an array of these sensors can be placed more flexibly, which allows for the recording of neuronal structures other than neocortex. Here we use eight OPM sensors to record human retinal activity following flash stimulation. We compare this magnetoretinographic (MRG) activity to the simultaneously recorded electroretinogram of the eight participants. The MRG shows the familiar flash-evoked potentials (a-wave and b-wave) and shares a highly significant amount of information with the electroretinogram (both in a simultaneous and separate measurement). We conclude that OPM sensors have the potential to become a contactless alternative to fiber electrodes for the measurement of retinal activity. Such a contactless solution can benefit both clinical and neuroscientific settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118528
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Electroretinogram
  • Magnetoretinogram
  • OPM
  • Retina
  • Vision


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