Narrator: This is Science Today. Magnetic resonance
imaging, or MRI, has given researchers the ability
to non-invasively study the brain and provide insight
into normal and abnormal development. Dr. Jim Barkovich,
a neurology specialist at the University of California,
San Francisco, says in the last few years, researchers
have been doing more MR imaging of fetal brains.
Barkovich: Why do we do this? We do it because
maybe someone has done a screening ultrasound and
seen something that looked a little bit suspicious
or didn't look quite right and we can get a much better
look at the brain using magnetic resonance imaging.
Narrator: These images are enhanced by placing
coils on the surface of the head, which give researchers
Barkovich: So by using this technology developed
here at UCSF, we can go from seeing the brain pretty
well, to seeing very clear, high resolution images
of the brain that help us to spot these disorders
of brain formation.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.