With the help of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which provides three-dimensional color images, experts now can have the first real image of one hundred billion brain cells, as well as of their modus operandi, which can result in treatment of many brain disorders.
“Over the years we have been studying the brain with the help of conventional imaging methods which could not provide us real image of it. We could see only a shadow of its surface“, says professor Jan Wedeen referring to the new method of using three different colors to mark neurons before identifying the connections between them – a process that would take hundreds of thousands of years to complete using traditional methods.
“The human brain is the most complex object in the universe. It keeps our memories and fears, and by processing information from the environment allows us to see, hear and feel. There is a whole range of disorders attributed to incorrect connections between neurons, but we do not have the means to detect them“, says Jeff Lichtman, who developed the new method which in the future will lead to the creation of three-dimensional map of the brain.