The MRI scanner at RIKEN and an example of diffusion MRI data

15 Dec 2020

(Left) MRI scanners, like the one pictured at RIKEN Center for Brain Science, can be used to non-invasively map the brain by analyzing the diffusion of water molecules. (Right) The diffusion MRI measures the direction that the water molecules diffuse at each point in the brain, as illustrated by ellipsoids here. Fiber tracking algorithms then use this information to estimate the path of the nerve fibers.

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(Left) Junichi Hata and Hideyuki Okano, from the RIKEN Center for Brain Science. (Right) Figure was created using The MRtrix viewer 3.0.1.

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