The Future of Brain Imaging
The brain is an extremely complex organ, responsible for coordinating an extensive array of activities to ensure normal functionality. But when brain functioning becomes disordered, the consequences can be devastating. Ailments ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to epilepsy reflect the enormous toll neurological conditions can wreak on human life. Though imaging technologies such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging have vastly improved the diagnosis and treatment of many brain disorders, as a JAMA Viewpoint article discusses, further progress will depend on the development of even more sophisticated imaging methodology. In addition to visualizing its structure, new imaging technology will also need to capture the functional networks of the brain. This approach to neuroimaging, in which correlated physiologic signals of the brain are mapped, will allow researchers to better understand the mechanisms underlying brain conditions. Ideally, these “functional connectivity maps” will be integrated with other types of data to gain an increasingly detailed – an individualized – view of brain organization, eventually leading to improved treatment.
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