Recently, scientists have increased the resolution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by 64 million times. They used this
The swirling images show the brain of a rodent,however, the research team believes that humans, too, will be able to have their brains scanned so clearly. The technology will help doctors find changes in the human brain that occur due to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, as well as due to normal aging. A mouse brain scan published as part of a new paper published in the journal PNAS.
“It will really help.We can start to look at neurodegenerative diseases in a completely different way,” said J. Allan Johnson, lead author of the study and professor of radiology at Duke University.
This MRI shows horizontal sections of the brain of a mouse, these patterns moving up and down the brain. Image courtesy of Duke University's Center for In Vivo Microscopy
For 40 years, the scientist, with the help of constantlyA changing group of students and researchers at Duke University's Center for In Vivo Microscopy has been working to improve on MRI, invented by American physician Dr. Raymond Damadian 50 years ago.
To improve it, scientists have createdadvanced MRI equipped with a powerful 9.4 Tesla magnet. In comparison, most MRIs are equipped with a 1.5 to 3 Tesla magnet. They also added Gradient Coils that are 100 times more powerful than current models and produce images. They also used a high-speed computer, which, according to the statement, is equal to about 800 laptops.
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