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IIIT-Hyderabad creates the first Indian brain atlas

The researchers in IIIT have also revealed that the Indian brain is smaller compared to others

 
Last Updated: Tuesday 29 October 2019

The International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Hyderabad has built the first-ever Indian brain atlas.

The researchers in IIIT have also revealed that the Indian brain is smaller compared to others. It is smaller in height, width, and volume compared to the western and eastern populations. It is named as IBA100. Other brain atlases include Chinese, Korean and Caucasian.

This study will help in the early diagnosis of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. The first digital human brain atlas was created by the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). This brain atlas was based on the Caucasian brain template. Researchers say that these are not ideal to evaluate Indian brains. And usually, produce an incorrect diagnosis during MRI scans.

The India-specific brain atlas was created by using the MRI scans of 50 individuals of different genders. The Indian atlas was validated against other atlases for various populations. The research team is now focussing on understanding the ageing process.

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