A new brain imaging technique developed by University of Queensland researchers is paving the way for improved diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
UQ Centre for Advanced Imaging physicist and chief developer Dr Daniel Stäb said the new technique, using UQ’s 7-Tesla MRI scanner, was a faster and more efficient way to characterise the brain’s tissue properties with a high image resolution.
“The scanner is one of only two currently in Australia,” Dr Stäb said.
“We are now able to map the magnetic tissue properties of the whole brain in less than 40 seconds, which is seven times faster than common techniques that have the same image quality.
“This was achieved by combining an advanced data acquisition with novel image reconstruction techniques.”
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