Imaging microstructure in the living human brain: A viewpoint

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This special issue summarizes an impressive body of work concerned with in vivo imaging of brain microstructure. Collectively, papers included here demonstrate the power of multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for mapping various structural properties of brain tissue. In this introduction, I provide a user's perspective vis-à-vis motivations for these efforts, review briefly the cellular composition of grey and white matter in the human brain, and provide a few examples of how we can bridge the gap between ex vivo and in vivo datasets to facilitate interpretation of studies measuring brain macro- and microstructure.

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