Water-Based Imaging Maps Brain Neurons Before Surgery

UC San Diego neurosurgeons color code the brain with tractography. The circular object is a tumor. (Credit: UC San Diego Health System)

Nov. 21, 2013 — Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System are using a new approach to visualize the brain’s delicate anatomy prior to surgery. The novel technique allows neurosurgeons to see the brain’s nerve connections thus preserving and protecting critical functions such as vision, speech and memory. No needles, dyes or chemicals are needed to create the radiology scan. The main imaging ingredient? Water.

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