Brain… The Final Frontier…. Lets go on a “Fantastic Voyage”. Gene Expression. Transmitter Synthesis. Permeability. Neurotransmission. Reuptake. Blood Flow. Metabolism. Receptor Binding. With PET we can image at the site of “thinking”. Dopaminergic synapse. (18)F-FBAU . 18F-FDOPA.
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which is which ?
What the PET scanner sees
(d)The modeling process
Imagine a living brain
Consider the relevant neurochemistry
Describe exchange between pools by a series of differential equations
Abstract the neurochemistry into a series of connected pools
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