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How 'The Whole Brain Atlas' gives researchers more insight into human brain

July 24, 2019 - 4:00 am
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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's called "The Whole Brain Atlas" and it has been developed by researchers in Germany. The atlas contains some of the highest resolution images of the whole brain, and it was created with a resolution of 20 microns.

That's a microscopic focus small enough to see the whole brain on a cellular level. 

Researchers created very thin sections of brain tissue and took photographs at very high resolution as they went. 

There is a medical reason why they did this. 

The data obtained can be used to help model how the brain works on a fundamental level, and the ultimate goal is to develop an atlas that shows the connections between brain cells.