Past & Present

Medicine Studies

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 315-328

First online:

How Technologies of Imaging are Shaping Clinical Research and Practice in Neurology

  • Nicolas KoppAffiliated withLyon University Hospitals, EspaceEthique Inter-régional, Hôpital de l’HotelDieu Email author 

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The brain is our most complex organ, in terms of gross and microscopic structure. It is heterogeneous, with many areas and networks differing from one another in function. And, what is more, the brain is a ‘hidden entity’, embedded in an envelope made of bones, the skull. Brain imaging really came to age in medicine 40 years ago, thanks to computers. The technologies of structural anatomy like computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging have brought about a revolution in neurology by showing the lesion and its topography. With most recent developments, neuro-imaging continues to shape practices in neurology and clinical research.


Brain imaging Neurology Diagnosis Treatment Ethics