High Resolution Images of Outer Nervous System a First

July 31, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A team of Japanese scientists, for the first time, has developed a method to map the body’s entire outer nervous system using a new type of high-resolution imaging. The new technique could aid in diagnosing diseases of the nervous system and provide earlier treatment to patients.

The scientists from Tokai University together with a team from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, developed the new outer nervous system mapping technique. The scientists used a unique type of magnetic resonance imaging that is sensitive to water molecules.

Previous imaging of the outer nervous system did not provide a complete picture, because of the body’s bones blocking tiny nerves. The Japanese scientists discovered that nerve cells reacted differently to water molecules than other cells in the body.

So, the scientists adapted a magnetic resonance imaging machine to target electromagnetic waves, which reacted only with water molecules found in the outer nervous system. The results provided a first ever, complete picture of the human body’s outer nervous system.

The new technique is also more comfortable for the patient. A complete body scan only requires five minutes and patients are not required to hold their breath.

The study is available in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.



One Response to “High Resolution Images of Outer Nervous System a First”

  1. souris sans fil on September 11th, 2009 2:35 am

    Great blog but can you provide some more description of it with some picture.

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