Thursday, December 4, 2008

Our Hot Date - A Look Into Rachel's Head

For some time now (okay, a very long time) I have been working on my Master's Degree at UNLV. My research is focused on the brain's response to Olfaction (smell). I would tell Rachel about it and she would understand very little. The more we talk the more she "gets it" and thinks it is actually pretty neat. Well, a couple weeks ago we had a chance to get out for the evening (thanks to Sister Bevel for offering to watch the kiddies). There was still some work I had to get done, so I actually took Rachel out with me to get her brain scanned on our 3T MR scanner. We did a Diffusion Tensor Image (DTI) and also an olfactory response. This is a picture of her Rt and Lt DTI of the white matter tracts originating at the corpus callosum. I didn't have a chance to process the Olfactory response images yet, but I can post those some other day. We had a good time and it was very inexpensive. I'll take you out "for reals" , real soon honey. I love you and thanks for stickin' with me.

Left lateral view of her fiber tracts

Right lateral view of her fiber tracts
Aren't they beautiful?
If anyone wants to have their brain scanned, please let me know. We are always looking for volunteers. It is usually late at night, you need to be at least 18 years of age, and we image at NV Imaging Centers (NIC) in the Southwest part of Las Vegas.





6 comments:

becbloggin said...

very awesome! thanks for sharing...

Stephanie said...

I just want to know what it all means. It's very colorful! Is that because Rachel is so creative? Interesting and a VERY HOT DATE might I add!

Teah said...

Hey this is Betsie's sister Teah. Your blog is really cute!

My husband is interested in volunteering for his head to be checked out. He has anosmia which developed around 2 years ago and so he can't smell anything. He might be an interesting case.

Jennifer Kouba said...

You know me...I'm always up for a quick brain scan. :)

Mathie Fam said...

Jeremy you're so cool! I can't even pronounce those words much less know what they mean.. but the colors are pretty! My girls enjoyed them!

April said...

I want a pretty brain picture!