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The Wiring of the Brain

An example of Diffusion Spectrum Imaging (DSI) from Queen’s new Prisma Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Some of the most beautiful images generated by MRI are created by imaging the diffusion (movement) of water throughout the brain. From this diffusion, we can generate maps of the neuron connections that are responsible for carrying messages from one area of the brain to another. Seen here, they are coded by direction, such that blue tracts move from foot to head, red tracts move from left to right in the head, and green tracts move from the front to the back of the head. There are 30,000 tracts displayed in this image. By adulthood, the average person has ~160,000 km total length of these tracts.
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Arts and Science
Health Sciences
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[An example of Diffusion Spectrum Imaging (DSI) generated by MRI of the diffusion of water throughout the brain]
Faculty of Arts and Science
Faculty of Health Sciences
Materials Discovery and Molecular Design
Understanding the Universe, the Planet and our Place
Health, Wellness and the Determinants of Human Health
Patient-Oriented Research, Transformative Health Care and Health Promotion
Analytics, Healthcare and Promotion across Populations and Cultures
Centre for Neuroscience Studies (CNS)
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Centre for Neuroscience Studies, MRI Facility, Queen’s University
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Donald Brien
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Staff, Centre for Neuroscience Studies