The topography of the visual evoked magnetic response (VEMR) to a pattern onset stimulus was studied in five normal subjects using a single channel BTi magnetometer. Topographic distributions were analysed at regular intervals following stimulus onset (chronotopograpby). Two distinct field distributions were observed with half field stimulation: (1) activity corresponding to the C11 m which remains stable for an average of 34 msec and (2) activity corresponding to the C111 m which remains stable for about 50 msec. However, the full field topography of the largest peak within the first 130 msec does not have a predictable latency or topography in different subjects. The data suggest that the appearance of this peak is dependent on the amplitude, latency and duration of the half field C11 m peaks and the efficiency of half field summation. Hence, topographic mapping is essential to correctly identify the C11 m peak in a full field response as waveform morphology, peak latency and polarity are not reliable indicators. © 1993.
- visual evoked magnetic response
- pattern onset
- peak identification