Schizophrenia: What’s in my head?
When she’s experiencing hallucinations, artist Sue Morgan feels compelled to draw; to ‘get it out of her head’. Sue was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 20 years ago. The drawing is therapeutic, but it’s also Sue’s way of expressing the complex and sometimes frightening secret world in her head. In this film Sue meets Sukhi Shergill, a clinician and researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He’s also making pictures, but using MRI to peer inside the brains of schizophrenia patients.
Royal Society: It’s magnetic resonance — but not as you know it
Bakerian Lecture by Professor Lynn Gladden CBE FREng FRS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is routinely used in hospitals to image internal structure and blood flow within the human body. Research has shown that it is possible to harness these techniques to study non-biological systems, with many applications across the physical sciences and engineering. Professor Lynn Gladden explained how processes occurring within optically opaque objects can be revealed, from imaging flow fields in plant cells to mapping chemical conversion within catalytic reactors. Recent advances enable bespoke implementations of the MRI method to be applied to ever more challenging systems, providing insights which cannot be obtained using any other measurement technique.
The teenage brain
Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture given by Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Until recently, little was known about how the human brain develops. In the past 15 years, new technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have enabled us to gain insights into how the human brain changes across the lifespan. Research has demonstrated that brain development is much more protracted than previously thought, continuing in some regions throughout adolescence and early adulthood. Some parts of the brain undergo a period of reorganisation during the teenage years, both in terms of structure, function and related behaviour. These new insights into neurocognitive development suggest that adolescence is a period of profound change and opportunity.
New Scientist: Real-time MRI
See inside the body thanks to MRI movies. Read more about this new technology here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19451
New Scientist: Pneumatic robot arranges limbs for MRI ‘sweet spot’
Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14452?DCMP=youtube
Krishna Nayak: The diva and the emcee
This video illustrates real-time MRI of vocal performance. It includes examples from a soprano and an emcee/beatboxer. This video was featured at the Sounds and Visions Session, of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Scientific Sessions, May 2006, Seattle.
DrGEN: MRI of Food
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of Food. Fruits and vegetables. Artichoke, Pineapple, Kiwi, Cantelope, Tomato & Dragon Fruit under the scope of a MRI machine.
HMNH: MRI and CT Imaging of Mollusks
This video shows MRI and CT scans used to create 3-D images of mollusk bodies so that scientists can study them without using dissection or other destructive techniques. The scans shown here were developed by Post-doctoral Fellow Alex Ziegler along with colleagues at Harvard’s Center for Brain Science and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Germany.