Application of Brain 23Na "Big Data" for Future Disease Classification

Sodium is a chemical ion which is essential for a healthy brain. The body naturally regulates its concentration inside and outside of cells through normal metabolism. Disruptions in this intricate balance can be caused by various neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, concussion, or Alzheimer's disease. In order to provide personalized medical care, a "big-data" approach is required whereby an individual's brain can be compared to a standardized template or atlas; unfortunately, a sodium atlas, representing normal sodium concentrations, is not currently available. This project's goal is to use Ceresensa's expertise in coil design and manufacturing to create an atlas which can be used to further research into sodium's role into brain illnesses.

Paul Polak
Faculty Supervisor: 
Michael Noseworthy