Medicine Studies

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 315–328 | Cite as

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

Past & Present

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Brain imaging Neurology Diagnosis Treatment Ethics 

Supplementary material

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PET showing huge, diffuse, amounts of amyloid deposits in Alzheimer’s disease (PDF 31.6 kb)
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Stereo EEG recording showing a response of amygdala to intense fear (PDF 23.7 kb)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lyon University Hospitals, EspaceEthique Inter-régionalHôpital de l’HotelDieuLyon, Cedex 02France

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