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A new imaging method offers a spectacular view of neural structures. (It) could help explain the workings of the brain and shed light on neurological diseases.






Brain Connections: Diffusion spectrum imaging, developed by neuroscientist Van Wedeen at Massachusetts General Hospital, analyzes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in new ways, letting scientists map the nerve fibers that carry information between cells. These images, generated from a living human brain, show a reconstruction of the entire brain (above) and a subset of fibers (below). The red fibers in the middle and lower left of both images are part of the corpus callosum, which connects the two halves of the brain.









I always had a hunch my brain looked more like that, and less like the sloppy gray goo they show in those medical books. Bet they'll find some glitter in there too. :)

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