Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a core element of the RCIBI. At the heart of the MRI Laboratory is an MRI instrument featuring a 4-Tesla superconductor magnet for imaging the brain and other parts of the human body. Research in this program is directed towards developing new directions in vivo Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). There is also a new effort in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and in gradient coil design and parallel imaging. The 4-Tesla instrument is located across the street from the PET laboratory.
The Brookhaven High field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program develops new scientific tools and methodologies for in vivo NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance). This program provides the infrastructure (operations, scheduling, staff and subject safety and security oversight and compliance) and technical and scientific support for preclinical and clinical studies on the 4 Tesla MRI instrument carried out at BNL and with collaborating institutions. It also includes the development and refinement of innovative NMR techniques to advance imaging and instrumentation and measurement of physiology, function and chemistry of tissues in vivo.
The knowledge developed with these MRI instruments is continuously being translated into the human arena to improve our understanding of brain function and chemistry in healthy individuals and patients with disorders such as drug addiction, aggression, eating disorders, autism and neurodegenerative disorders.
Last Modified: May 28, 2009