Studying communication within the brain with cuttingedge MRI

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Studying communication within the brain with cuttingedge MRI

Postby MSUK » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:52 am

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Innovative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques that can measure changes in the microstructure of the white matter likely to affect brain function and the ability of different regions of the brain to communicate are presented in an article in the groundbreaking new neuroscience journal Brain Connectivity, a bimonthly peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. The article is available free online.*

Brain function depends on the ability of different brain regions to communicate through signaling networks that travel along white matter tracts. Using different types and amounts of tissue staining to measure how water molecules interact with the surrounding brain tissue, researchers can quantify changes in the density, orientation, and organization of white matter. They can then use this information to generate image maps of these signaling networks, a method called tractography. ... Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/1816
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