Let $C = \operatorname{Cl}(V,q)$ be a Clifford algebra where $V$ is an $N$-dimensional space with basis $B = \{e_1,e_2, \dotsc, e_N\}$. I'm looking for a way to invert elements.

What I've already worked out for myself is that if $x = \sum_{I \subseteq B} \lambda_I \hat{I}$ where $\hat{I}$ is the (ordered) product of the elements of $I$ then since left multiplication is linear there is a matrix $M^x$ such that $xy = M^xy$ for $y$ in $C$ (given an ordering on $\mathcal{P}(B)$). Then $x$ is a zero divisor if $\operatorname{Det}(M^x) = 0$ and invertible if $\operatorname{Det}(M^x)$ is invertible, in fact $x^{-1} = (M^x)^{-1}\emptyset$.

So far so basic linear algebra, but there's a problem. The matrix $M^x$ grows faster than Jack's beanstalk. By the time $N=3$ it's already $8 \times 8$ which I could maybe work out if I was sufficiently determined, but certainly nothing bigger. Maybe some people could do bigger space $V$ if they had access to Maple or similar but there's still going to be some fairly low upper bound.

So my question is `**is there a nice formula for $\operatorname{Det}(M^x)$ and $x^{-1}$ of the form $x^{-1} = \sum_{I \subseteq B} \mu_I \hat{I}$ where the $\mu_I$ are rational functions in the $\lambda_I$ and $q_i = q(e_i)$?**'

I've got a funny feeling that $\operatorname{Det}(M^x) = \sum (-1)^{\sigma_I} \lambda_I^2$ where $\sigma_I = \left(\begin{array}{c}|I| \\ 2 \end{array}\right)$, $|I|$ choose $2$, but I'm far from sure. Certainly I can't prove this. I also suspect that any formula for the coefficients of $x^{-1}$ will have $\operatorname{Det}(M^x)$ as a denominator but I wouldn't put money on it.

This seems a fairly natural thing to want, but I haven't found it mentioned in any of the places that I've looked. On the other hand I am quite new to Clifford algebras so this may be well known to everybody else. I tried to work it out myself because that's a good way to learn but now it's taking a while and I think I've got as much out of it as I'm likely to, so is this a well known thing or shall I keep plugging away at it myself?