Powerful brain scanner could save lives

BOSTON The "/*Brain Bucket*/" is being touted as the most powerful brain scanner ever made.

The machine, which resembles a high-tech /*Trojan War*/ helmet, has 96 metal coils that scan different areas of the brain and translate them into one image.

Traditional /*MRI*/ machines have anywhere from 2 to 12 coils.

The images from the Brain Bucket can see all the way down to the very smallest blood vessels; details doctors say they would never get with a standard MRI.

"When you take a picture with a brain bucket it can look literally like you took the brain, sliced it up and were staring right at it before your eyes," said Dr. Bruce Rosen, who co-created the device. "It's like we went from a cell phone camera to a 10 megapixel digital camera."

The brain bucket can also capture the images 10 times faster than a regular MRI.

Doctors hope that the clearer pictures will help them better detect and treat disorders like brain tumors, /*dementia*/ and /*multiple sclerosis*/.

The images have already successfully been used to treat epilepsy patients by helping doctors remove the abnormalities that cause seizures.

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