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A Close Look Into the Brain

Just as telescopes allow us to examine distant galaxies and microscopes reveal the world of the microcosm, the devices used in brain research make the brain's structures and functions visible. For many years, Jülich neuroscientists have used such devices to investigate the structure and function of the brain in both healthy and sick people and are thus investigating how this vital organ changes during the course of our life. One of them is a 9.4-tesla magnetic resonance tomograph (MRT) combined with a positron emission tomograph (PET). With this combined device, scientists develop new techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological brain diseases.

MRT (left) and PET (right) are combined (middle)

Mechanism: The Combination of MRT and PET is Decisive

It is the combination of magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) and positron emission tomography (PET) merged in this so far unique device which opens up new perspectives for researchers. The hybrid device with a field strength of 9.4 tesla provides high-resolution images of the brain structure which simultaneously show the functional activities occurring in the healthy and diseased brain.

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Better Diagnostic Opportunities

The simultaneous measurement of brain structures and metabolic processes will in future open up new opportunities for exploring neurodegenerative diseases such as epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer's or multiple sclerosis. With the new combined device, researchers will soon be able to locate diseased tissue and disturbances in the metabolism in the brain precisely down to the millimetre. More: Better Diagnostic Opportunities …