13 December 2008

New diagnostic imaging technique

New technology could help diagnose Alzheimer’s
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center via The Boston Channel: December 2008
A new non-invasive imaging technique that measures blood flow in the brain is being tested by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and could provide improved diagnosis of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Known as arterial spin labeling, the method is used in conjunction with a conventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine and allows for the assessment of blood flow, or perfusion, in the brain. As a result, it can show changes in brain activity and abnormalities that indicate changes in brain function. Typical brain scans are only able to show anatomical changes, such as the presence and size of tumors, for example. … > full story

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