Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

The Inside Image

Truth or lie? Brain imaging may become the ultimate test
functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
© University of Wisconsin (Madison) Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience
The discovery of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) opened the door to picturing the dynamics of cognition.
© University of Wisconsin (Madison) Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience
fMRI shows great promise—and is receiving the most journalistic exposure—for brain mapping; understanding the physical events which beget human sensation, attention and awareness.

By Lee J. Nelson
Contributing Editor

As conventional lie detection succumbs to advances in state-of-the-art imaging, personal thoughts—once the unassailable frontier of privacy—may be on the brink of collapse. Clearly, we only have scratched the surface regarding the judicio-legal ramifications of scrutinizing someone else's brain (for non-clinical purposes).

Contributing Editor and industry analyst, Lee J. Nelson, is at the forefront of emerging as well as evolving technologies for compute-intensive electronic imaging applications. Contact him at: 1-703-893-0744, or

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