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Brain-scanning helmet will allow brains to be studied on the go

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Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2016 01:53 PM by AlexMuller

Neuroscientists have developed the world’s first wearable PET scanner, making it possible to analyze the brain while subjects are on the go. It is hoped that the technology will allow for in-depth investigations to be carried out into both people with exceptional talents and also those with degenerative brain disorders.

 
“The brain is absolutely amazing,” Dr. Stan Majewski, co-investigator on the project and a faculty member in the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at the University of Virginia, told Digital Trends. “There’s so much about it that we don’t understand. For example, it’s fascinating to hear about savants: people with incredible capabilities in particular areas, like memory or mathematics.
 
There are also cases where people have been involved in accidents and have emerged with particular abilities. We don’t know how or why that happens, but we would like to. And we would like to do it in conditions that are as close to everyday as possible.”
 
While molecular brain imaging tools have been around for a while, what makes the so-called AM-PET Helmet so exciting is that it can be used while people are in motion. “The predecessor to this work was a very small PET system, called RatCAP, which could be mounted on the head of a lab rat,” Majewski explained. “It was a breakthrough because instead of being a rat under anaesthesia, which has an impact on brain function, it was possible to read functional images of the brain during the rat’s behavior.”
 
The same is true of previous brain-imaging studies carried out on people, who have typically had be scanned in either rigidly static seated or prone positions, with only the tiniest amounts of movement permitted. While you probably won’t be going out on a dinner date in your AM-PET Helmet, although it would certainly be a conversation starter, it does open up the possibility of studying neurological phenomena that have previously been impossible to observe and can’t easily be replicated in a lab.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-11-07
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Another step forward for brain imaging! Already a lot has been achieved using PET scans, now helmet that can do PET can capture images while people are on the go, amazing Reply


 

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