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Scanning the Brain - What Is a Brain Scan, Anyway?
It's an exciting time in the study of the human brain and mind. Nary a week goes by that doesn't see a new discovery in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry, giving new insight into human mental phenomena and mechanisms.

Much of this advance in knowledge is the result of technological advances in brain imaging. It seems that almost every time one hears about some neurological experiment or advance in human neuroscience, the term "brain scan" appears.

What is a brain scan, and how does it help neuroscience researchers?

Here's a look at five of the most important technologies that have allowed scientists to peer into the workings and structure of the living human brain.

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