The new scanners that can really get inside your head

By: Robin McKie | The new scanners that can really get inside your head | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Equipment allowing UK scientists to track the workings of the brain in much more detail is being unveiled at Cambridge University

New visions of the brain and body’s detailed operations will be unveiled by a suite of medical scanners being opened this week. The newly refurbished Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre in the University of Cambridge has been equipped with some of the world’s most powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanners and will give its researchers unprecedented power to make images of cancers, study the precise makeup of the cortex and analyse how chemicals in the brain – known as neurotransmitters – underpin the development of schizophrenia and depression.

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