The extraordinary images produced in Cardiff are the result of a special MRI scanner - one of only three in the...

The extraordinary images produced in Cardiff are the result of a special MRI scanner – one of only three in the…

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The extraordinary images produced in Cardiff are the result of a special MRI scanner – one of only three in the world.

The scanner itself is not especially powerful, but its ability to vary its magnetic field rapidly with position means the scientists can map the wires – the axons – so thinly it would take 50 of them to match the thickness of a human hair.

Originally shared by Wasim Muklashy

What the brain’s wiring looks like

“The world’s most detailed scan of the brain’s internal wiring has been produced by scientists at Cardiff University.

The MRI machine reveals the fibres which carry all the brain’s thought processes.

It’s been done in Cardiff, Nottingham, Cambridge and Stockport, as well as London England and London Ontario.

Doctors hope it will help increase understanding of a range of neurological disorders and could be used instead of invasive biopsies…”

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http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40488545

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40488545

15 comments

  1. Once again, the result and headline speak of “the human brain” instead of the more accurate “a human brain”.

  2. This is amazing work!

  3. explains why some days i think like a sponge

  4. Boris Borcic No. Not more accurate. All brains human and others have common anatomy and functionality. You are being pedantic.

  5. Kenny Chaffin Methinks the pedantic one isn’t the one you believe. Brain anatomy isn’t wholly genetically hardwired, and manifests considerable inter-individual variation thanks to neuro-plasticity. Even if the one at the origin of the above image is fairly typical, the habit of calling any brain “the” brain leads to mistaken expectations. See this link, for instance

    newscientist.com – Man with tiny brain shocks doctors

  6. Bye-Bye Boris, I don’t have time for bullshit.

  7. Hum, Kenny immediately blocked me. Is this reasonable?

  8. Boris Borcic well, hmm, i was enjoying the conversation…

  9. Nature likes to reuse successful patterns. Think of your Neurons as Trees and your Brain as the Forest. Or of your Neurons as Coral and your Brain as the Reef. Or of your Neurons as Smartphones and your Brain as the Internet. We are All Connected.

  10. this is wild. almost looks like coral

  11. Boris Borcic Very good Boris

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