Scientists use techniques from Hollywood to image brain in 3D

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Neuroscientists studying the structure and function of the brain produce huge amounts of data. Just 1 cubic millimeter of human brain tissue contains around 50,000 neurons, with each neuron forming around 6,000 connections with their neighbors. Traditional imaging techniques require researchers to go through two-dimensional computer images of stained neurons, constantly altering the view to see what’s behind a neuron’s branches. This is painstaking and time-consuming work. In order to speed up this process and turn the mounds of data into useful images, researchers are tuning to an unlikely source – Hollywood. Neuroscientists in the Laboratory of Neuroimaging at the…

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