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Identifying Brain Disorders

Brain diseases are challenging to diagnose, which can delay beneficial treatments. To improve diagnosis researchers are applying advanced computational approaches. In a large-scale analysis of Magnetic Resonance Imaging brain scan data, researchers in the NIH/NCRR funded Biomedical Informatics Research Network were able to distinguish control subjects from Alzheimer's patients based on the shape of brain structures. Innovative file system technologies let the researchers run on supercomputers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego and other TeraGrid centers while seamlessly accessing data stored at SDSC. The large image shows comparative information highlighting deformation areas that differ between scans of control subjects and Alzheimer's patients.
Image courtesy of M. Miller, JHU; B. Fischl, Mass. Gen. Hosp.; R. Buckner, Harvard; C. Priebe and A. Kolasny, JHU. Image: T. Brown, CIS, JHU.
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

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