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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Researching the Brain

Using gamma ray technology to investigate diseases
Images courtesty The Center for Gamma-Ray Imaging
Figure 1. The complete FastSPECT III imaging system, with acquisition/ processing computers. CCD data from all cameras are acquired and processed simultaneously.
Figure 2A. Front view of the FastSPECT III imaging system. A central ring of 10 and two outer rings of five BazookaSPECT detectors focus at a common field of view.
Figure 2B. Side view of the FastSPECT III imaging system. A central ring of 10 and two outer rings of five BazookaSPECT detectors focus at a common field of view.
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By Barry Hochfelder

This technology is another new step toward developing treatment strategies for diseases of the brain. “For example,” Miller says, “in Alzheimer’s patients, there are plaques [in the brain]. Are they the cause or the result? Drugs are coming out to remove them and see if they have any effect or not. A few years ago, this was not possible. Our acquisition system has five computers, each with graphics cards with multiple cores. They process in parallel and high resolution and in real-time frame rates. It was driven by the gaming industry. And that will drive the price down for scientists.”



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