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[NEUROSCIENCE]-USING X-RAYS TO IMAGE THE BRAIN?

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[NEUROSCIENCE]-USING X-RAYS TO IMAGE THE BRAIN?

Postby AbducensNucleus » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:26 am

Why is it that x-ray is not an efficient tool to use to image the brain? This is a snippet from my notes; please help me make sense of it.


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Why X-rays don't work for the brain
- they penetrate body and then absorbed by "radiopaque" tissues
- absorbed, but DO NOT PASS THROUGH.
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- Radiodensity (or radiopacity) refers to the relative inability of electromagnetic radiation, particularly X-rays, to pass through a particular material.
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- using X-ray sensitive film to make 2D img's of shadows formed by these tissues in body
- suitable for skull's bones, but doesn't work for brain
¬- brain has multifarious radiopacity, and it its complexity is seen in 3D (third dimension)
=> cannot get as much info from a 2D X-ray img.
=> can only really capture the complexity of the brain structure by taking 3D shots of it.
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Postby JackBean » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:27 am

You're mumbling higgledy-piggledy, but moreless yes. The point is it is not visible using X-rays, just as you don't see any other internal organs (unless special treated).
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