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64 million times better sharpness

64 million times better sharpness

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Mouse brain caught up with new technology.

By capturing data in three dimensions of a mouse brain, the new technology could help us with research into Alzheimer's disease, among other things.

Fifty years after the first image taken with MRI technology, researchers from Duke University, in cooperation with scientists from several universities, succeeded in creating an MRI image that is 64 million times clearer than the usual technology.

The new technology captures data in three dimensions and creates so-called “voxels”, that is, pixels in three dimensions, where the size of each building block of the image is only 5 microns. Among other things, this can help us understand what happens in the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease.

An image of the human brain was captured at up to 10 times higher resolution.

Mouse brain manipulated with cancer cells.

Mouse brain manipulated with cancer cells.

With the help of a 9.4 Tesla magnet, up to three to four times stronger than today's magnets, and the computing power of a smaller supercomputer, the researchers were able to capture an image sequence of an entire mouse brain – of which we see a section here.

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