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On Jan. 6, medical imaging and three-dimensional (3D) printing went above and beyond when Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, a plastic surgeon and face transplant specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, used the technologies to help him perform his third face transplant surgery, according to a recent report by Popular Science.

Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia have developed “ultraprecise ultrasound” sensors that are sensitive enough to hear the formation of surrounding air molecules, according to new research published online Jan. 10 in Nature Communications.

Using 3D printing, researchers from the University of California San Diego created spinal cord implants modeled from MRI scans that support nerve cell growth in spinal cord injuries and help restore lost physical mobility, according to a new study published online Jan. 14 in Nature Medicine.

A novel imaging technique combining two microscopy methods allowed researchers to visualize neural circuits across the brain at four-times that of typical resolutions, according to research published Jan. 17 in Science. The approach can be completed much faster than previously thought possible.

“Knowing about the oxygenation (of tissues) might allow us to tailor the therapy to make it better and to use other therapeutic interventions that are more appropriate,” said Vikram Kodibagkar, PhD, an associate professor of engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, according to a recent university news release.

A team at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) gained new insights into how the brain stores information related to time with the help of fMRI and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

"The implication is that this [change in gray matter] is potentially a consequence of cannabis use. You're changing your brain with just one or two joints. Most people would likely assume that one or two joints would have no impact on the brain," said Hugh Garavan, PhD, senior author of the study and professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont.

With data obtained from fMRI scans and machine learning, National University of Singapore-led (NUS) researchers have a better understanding of the cellular architecture of the brain.

At Stanford University Medical School in California, virtual reality is helping to make surgical training and planning more efficient and patient-centered all while reframing education for medical students, according to an article published online Jan. 9 by Fortune.

Notably lower T1 relaxation times, or how brain signals can weaken over time, may point to the presence of gadolinium in the brains of patients who’ve had more than one contrast-enhanced MRI exam, according to research published online Jan. 1 in Radiology.

A one-of-a-kind trial is underway testing the GE180 radioactive tracer in humans to potentially better understand the root causes of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

New research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests the brain function of individuals with schizophrenia is more nuanced than previously thought.