IMAGES: Internet Brainstorm

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Science  02 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5386, pp. 7
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5386.7a

These scans of a brain tumor come from the Whole Brain Atlas, a Web site that holds thousands of images of the normal brain and about 32 medical conditions, from Alzheimer's disease to stroke and multiple sclerosis. Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics grad student Alex Becker explains that he and Harvard neurologist Keith Johnson turned to the Internet 4 years ago to do something no medical textbook can: “Make a very, very large amount of data quickly and efficiently accessible to anybody who wants to look at it.” The site allows one to zoom through brain slices, see movies that follow a patient's condition over months, and superimpose scans from different machines. (Here, structural information from magnetic resonance imaging and color images of tumor activity, known as SPECT.)

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