New Technology to Visualize Functional Activities of Central Nervous System

by Vishnuprasad on  August 14, 2015 at 7:56 PM Medical Gadgets
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Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute developed a new technique to better understand how the central nervous system functions.
New Technology to Visualize Functional Activities of Central Nervous System
New Technology to Visualize Functional Activities of Central Nervous System

Researchers combine high-resolution multi-view imaging and calcium imaging data to provide visualization of functional activity taking place inside the entire central nervous system of a larval Drosophila fly.

The technique relies on preparation of the entire central nervous system, a light-sheet microscope as well as the algorithms that process the data to render a 3D image.

The light sheet microscope can scan across the entire sample at a rapid rate The presented system is applicable for biological networks at a scale of up to 800 × 800 × 250 μm3.

Still, the implementation of these techniques may pave the way for the study of advanced vertebrates, and large-scale functional imaging of neural activity, thus providing us also with a new way of evaluating the effects of emerging therapies on the entire central nervous system.



Source: Medindia

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