MRI Scan Captures the Most Detailed Look of the Brain Yet

Over 100 hours of scanning has yielded a 3-D picture of the whole human brain that’s more detailed than ever before. The new view, enabled by a powerful MRI, has the resolution to potentially spot objects that are smaller than 0.1 millimeters wide.

The scan shows brain structures such as the amygdala in vivid detail, a picture that might lead to a deeper understanding of how subtle changes in anatomy could relate to disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

While the scan was taken from a post-mortem sample, these detailed brain images could hold clues for researchers trying to pinpoint hard-to-see brain abnormalities involved in disorders such as comas and psychiatric conditions such as depression.

The images “have the potential to advance understanding of human brain anatomy in health and disease,” the authors write.

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