The curiosity of finding, how the brains work so precisely is yet to be revealed, but the researcher’s curious brains don’t rest until they meet the conclusion. Advancement in the medical science has unboxed many hidden secrets of the mankind yet the majority of the part remains unrevealed.
In an effort to do something new Engineers at the University of Utah discovered a method that can take a high-resolution picture of the brain by using laser rays and thin surgical needle. This method will reshape the traditional technique of diagnosis and would turn out to be the less invasive way for humans.
The team is led by Rajesh Menon-Associate professor of Utah electrical and computer engineering. The team just proved the functionality of the new process that was tested on the mice. The method would benefit the researchers who are studying neurological disorders such as aggression, depression, and obsessive disorders.
The team has been working under the guidance of renowned Nobel-winning researcher, Professor of Biology and Human Genetics Mario Capecchi and Jason Shepherd, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy, University of Utah.
The team has officially documented its overall research and its process with a title, “Deep-brain imaging via epifluorescence Computational Cannula Microscopy,” in recently issued reports. The lead author of the paper is Ganghun Kim–a doctoral student.
The computational cannula microscopy process is done by using a needle that measures about quarter mm in diameter. The needle is inserted into the brain and laser ray is passed through the needle which goes straight in the brain. Due to the illumination of the laser light, the specific cells get highlighted. Further, the light generated from the focused cells are captured by needle and later recorded by the typical camera. Moreover, the recorded light is passed through an intricate algorithm (created by Menon and team) which decodes the light and transforms it into the 2D or more potentially as a 3D image.
Menon believes, now if the process undoubtedly works on the animals. It can also be potentially developed and tested for the humans, which may replace the procedure that was followed previously.