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(Martinos Center For Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital)

Animal Brains, More Beautiful Than You Could Ever Imagine

More than just eye candy, these images are teaching scientists new insights into how the brain is organized

Rhesus Monkey Brain

diffusion spectrum MRI
(Martinos Center For Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital)

The technique Wedeen and colleagues use is called "diffusion spectrum MRI," a variation on an existing technique. By monitoring how water moves along axons and at what angle these brain fibers cross one another, the researchers found a surprisingly geometric pattern. The three-dimensional grid is visible in this detail from a rhesus monkey brain.

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