The Brain in Three Dimensions

MRI scans of the brain display colorful splotches in areas where there is a higher-than-usual level of activity, which calls for increases in bloodflow to that region (MRI machines tracks the magnetism of iron in our blood as it moves through the brain). These images are classically two-dimensional. As valuable as MRI imaging has been, showing a flat perspective of a structure than can only be understood in three dimensions is eventually quite limited in its medical applications.

Now, researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a software tool that doctors can use to convert MRI scans into three-dimensional images, such as the image seen below.

Imaging tools like this one should increase the accuracy of diagnosing brain disfunction and allow doctors to pinpoint regions for surgery with greater precision. Read more in the official press release here. (Special thanks to TBB reader Maarten Boos for the tip).

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Noah Hutton

Noah Hutton is a film director and curator, and was named a 2015 Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience and Art.

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