Spectrum: Stabilizing head mold leads to sharper brain images

| Posted in Brain Disease, Brain Education, Brain Research

A customizable Styrofoam head mold minimizes movements during brain scans, enabling researchers to produce clearer images. During a typical functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan, researchers take multiple pictures of a person’s brain and combine them. If the person’s head moves during the scan, the images may blur and taint the results. The problem is particularly prevalent in autism research, as children with the condition are often anxious or sensitive to noise, making them liable to fidget. (February 15, 2019)

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