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From Rat Brains to Cancer Cells, ­T Professor Improves Imaging Techniques


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A three-dimensional neurological model of a rats brain.

New software developed at the University of Texas can turns two-dimensional microscopic images into three-dimensional neurological models.

Credit: Chandrajit Bajaj

The University of Texas' Chandrajit Bajaj is developing advanced imaging methods, including the generation of more dynamic images from neurons using software.

The VolRover software can convert two-dimensional microscopic images of rat neuron cross-sections into three-dimensional neurological models and synapses.

Bajaj says VolRover "is able to model neuron communication. The connectome can be put in simulators to model the electrical circuits that neurons communicate with."

Another project of Bajaj's concerns analyzing cancer cells with hyperspectral imaging to enhance image quality without staining the cells.

Says Bajaj, "Through software and technology, we solve the computational problems regarding speed, image resolution, etc., and help improve accuracy. The technology then allows the scientific community to produce better results."

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