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WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED MRI Scanner:Iseult



  Apr 09, 2024

WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED MRI Scanner: Iseult



What is ‘Iseult’?

‘Iseult’ is currently the world’s most powerful MRI scanner, developed by France’s Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). It aims to offer a deeper understanding of the brain and diseases affecting it.

What makes ‘Iseult’ unique?

This MRI scanner operates at an unprecedented magnetic field strength of 11.7 teslas, offering 10 times more precision than typical hospital MRIs, which usually operate at up to 3 teslas.

What has ‘Iseult’ achieved so far?

After initial tests on a pumpkin, the scanner has successfully captured its first human brain images, providing unprecedented detail and promising new insights into brain function and pathology.

What are the goals of using ‘Iseult’?

The main objective is to enhance our understanding of the brain’s anatomy and the activities of different brain regions during specific tasks. This could significantly improve our knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases and mental health conditions.

How does ‘Iseult’ contribute to medical research?

By delivering highly detailed images, ‘Iseult’ could uncover mechanisms behind diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and mental health conditions such as depression and schizophrenia. This might lead to better diagnostics and treatments.

Will ‘Iseult’ be used for regular medical diagnoses?

For now, ‘Iseult’ is a research tool rather than a clinical diagnostic device. However, the insights gained could eventually benefit hospital-based diagnostics.

This initiative marks a significant step forward in brain research, with potential long-term impacts on diagnosing and treating brain-related disorders.


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