Are the Brain's Axonal Corners Particularly Vulnerable to Breakage?

Like the leg of a table breaking off where the leg meets the table top, cerebral fibers in the brain have sharp branches and turns, which might make them particularly vulnerable to inertial trauma. Dr. Van Wedeen explains with slides.

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Posted on BrainLine March 18, 2013.

Produced by Brian King, Vicky Youcha, and Lara Collins, BrainLine.

About the author: Van Wedeen. MD

Van Wedeen, MD is associate professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School, assistant neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and director of Connectomics at Martinos Center, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital.

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