Digital Brain Atlas

30 June 2015

Reserachers at the University of Edinburgh have constructed a detailed atlas of the human brain using MRI scans from more than 130 healthy people aged 60 or more. Most current MRI atlases are based on the brains of young/middle aged people, and therefore don't reflect normal brain ageing changes. The team have used their atlas to study scans taken of normal older subjects and those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The atlas was able to pinpoint changes in patients' brain structure that can be an underlying sign of the condition. The research team is continuing to develop MRI atlases of the healthy brain across the lifespan as part of a project - Brain Imaging in Normal Subjects (BRAINS) - which aims to detect brain damage in other diseases such as schizophrenia and preterm birth. Dr David Alexander Dickie, from The University of Edinburgh's Brain Research Imaging Centre and SINAPSE, is the first author of the study, published in PLOSONE.

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