T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T     S E P T E M B E R  – O C T O B E R   2006


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Can you see the eye sockets?
fMRI of the brain of an anonymous NIHer

Kids' Catalyst: Reading Minds

Years ago, there was only one way to
really see the structures of the living brain, and it involved high-risk procedures and was therefore a last resort.

Now, with little more discomfort than lying in the same place for a while, we can capture fantastic images like the ones to the right and below. We can zoom in not only on the structure of the brain, but also on which particular part of it is working when one is thinking. Talk about reading minds!

But fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging scans), CTs (computerized tomography scans), and X-rays are just some of the acronym soup helping doctors diagnose and study the body in ways never before possible without actual exploratory surgery.

With medical imaging and significant advances in technology, we can see minds working—and hearts and other organs—and get those pictures that are worth a thousand words.

—Jennifer White

The NIH Catalyst is published bi-monthly for and by the intramural scientists at NIH. Address correspondence to Building 2, Room 2E26, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892. Ph: (301) 402-1449; fax: (301) 402-4303; e-mail: <catalyst@nih.gov>.

Michael Gottesman
Deputy Director for Intramural Research, OD

John I. Gallin
Director, NIH Clinical Center

Henry Metzger
Scientist Emeritus


Fran Pollner

Shauna Roberts

Jason Bardi
Dustin Hays
Karen Ross
Jennifer White



Jorge Carrasquillo, CC
David Davies, NIDDK
Dale Graham, CIT
Elise Kohn, NCI
Susan Leitman, CC
Bernard Moss, NIAID
Paul Plotz, NIAMS
Michael Rogawski, NINDS
Joan Schwartz, NINDS
Gisela Storz, NICHD


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