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An Improved Solver for the M/EEG Forward Problem

  • Authors: Ala, G.; Fasshauer, G.; Francomano, E.; Ganci, S.; Mccourt, M.
  • Publication year: 2014
  • Type: Proceedings (TIPOLOGIA NON ATTIVA)
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Noninvasive investigation of the brain activity via electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) involves a typical inverse problem whose solution process requires an accurate and fast forward solver. We propose the Method of Fundamental Solutions (MFS) as a truly meshfree alternative to the Boundary Element Method (BEM) for solving the M/EEG forward problem. The solution of the forward problem is obtained, via the Method of Particular Solutions (MPS), by numerically solving a set of coupled boundary value problems for the 3D Laplace equation. Numerical accuracy and computational load are investigated for spherical geometries and comparisons with a state-of-the-art BEM solver shows that the proposed method is competitive.