RANZCR highlights brain MRI findings in space study

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

October 29, 2022 -- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) is highlighting brain MRI findings related to the health impact of microgravity led by astronauts at its annual scientific meeting being held in Adelaide.

The research found that spaceflight neuro-ocular syndrome and certain neurological diseases are linked to enlarged perivascular space drainage or the brain waste clearance system called "glymphatics." These are often seen in astronauts with long exposure to microgravity in the International Space Station.

The study combined brain MRI findings by astronauts from NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Russian Space Agency. RANZCR said this study also discusses measures that would support astronauts' brain health.

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