The National Institute of Mental Health Helps
Us Understand What Brain Scans Can Do
- Show damage to brain tissue, the skull, or blood vessels in the brain
- Be used with other medical tests to help doctors find the right diagnosis for mood and behavioral problems
- Help researchers study healthy brain development, effects of mental illnesses or effects of mental health treatments on the brain.
The Brain Initiative
According to the National Institutes of Health, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) is new Presidential initiative aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.