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Dphotographs of the mind with beforehand unmatched precision. This is what the CEA (Atomic Energy Commission) revealed on April 2. On the Saclay plateau, researchers made public the primary photographs of the human mind obtained by essentially the most highly effective MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) on the earth.

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Called Iseult, the device was designed and developed by the CEA, the results of round twenty years of analysis. A French success which Emmanuel Macron rejoiced over, emphasizing “a major advance and immense hope for the study of our health”

“This is a major world first in the field of brain imaging,” says Alexandre Vignaud, analysis director on the CEA. The photographs are essentially the most exact ever printed. With 11.7 Tesla, the Iseult MRI has a lot larger energy than hospital instruments (1.5 to three Tesla) or different gadgets (at 7 Tesla).

“We are able to see on the scale of a few thousand neurons and thus have very fine details on the anatomy of the brain, its connections and its activity in a few minutes,” says the analysis director.

Towards a greater prognosis of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's

The improvement of this new MRI was made doable thanks to twenty wholesome volunteers, with none damaging results being recognized. This opens “new perspectives for exploring the brain”. Iseult will likely be used to “better understand the mechanisms of cognition: how our brain is capable of reading, speaking or doing calculations”, says the CEA.

Another examine perspective, this new MRI will make it doable to “establish a better diagnosis and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's” with the intention of “understanding the effectiveness of certain drugs by evaluating their distribution in the brain,” concludes Alexandre Vignaud. “With Iseult, an unknown world opens up before us and we can't wait to explore it,” adds Nicolas Boulant, also research director at the CEA. “It is by 2026-2030 that we will seek to explore certain neurodegenerative pathologies,” he predicts.

But watch out, Iseult is just not supposed to equip all French hospitals. This machine, at the moment distinctive on the earth and weighing 132 tonnes, has a value: 215 million euros.