Functional imaging: what makes the brain tick?

Functional imaging: what makes the brain tick?


Image: Patient during an fMRI examination; Copyright: De Silver

An fMRI examination is non-invasive and requires no radiation compared to the PET version.

Setting sights on brain structure

Invasive contrast agent

Image: Two doctors in front of MRI images; Copyright: Robinson

The findings that can be obtained from the images of the functional procedures actively help in patient care, but are equally important for neurological research.

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Color-coded function

Image: Brain; Copyright: Kaulitzki

Functional imaging methods provide doctors and researchers with important information about the processes in our brain. In an fMRI examination, a colour scale from yellow to red helps to classify the intensity of brain activity.

Two approaches, one goal

Image: Doctor looks at pictures of the brain; Copyright:

In addition to functional images, structural images of the brain are important in order to gain certainty in diagnosis and research.

Bild: Katja Laska; Copyright: P. Schmitz/beta-web

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