Friday 28 August 2009

"Brain Bucket" :: A Better Brain Scanner

Lawrence Wald, a biophysicist at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in collaboration with Siemens have developed a new MRI machine called the "brain bucket" which is basically a helmet featuring a myriad of sensors and coils connected to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

"In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a magnetic field generated by a large magnet sends protons in the brain spinning. Specially constructed coils of wire in the machine detect changes in the spin, which differ in different tissue types, as the magnetic field changes. Computer algorithms then use measurements from different parts of the brain to create the anatomical picture."

Continue reading about the ultra-high-res MRI technology.
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