CJD brain, MRI scan

CJD brain, MRI scan

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Caption: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Coloured Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the brain of a 17 year old male suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD: new variant) in 1997. The patient died. The front of the head is at top. In this axial "slice" through the brain, the folded cerebrum is seen forming two hemispheres. At lower centre are two yellow areas of the thalamus diseased with CJD. It is detected as a 'bilateral signal abnormality' on MRI. CJD destroys nerve cells and causes brain tissue to become spongy. Symptoms include dementia and muscle contractions, and death. There is concern that eating beef from "mad cows" may cause CJD.

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Keywords: brain, cjd, condition, creutzfeldt-jakob disease, disease, disorder, encephalopathy, healthcare, medical, medicine, mri brain scan, mri scan, neuroimaging, spongiform encephalopathy, thalamus

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