Supporting Biomedical Research
The UVM MRI Center was established in 2007 to support research at the College of Medicine, and throughout the University. As a College of Medicine core facility, we specialize in functional MRI (fMRI) and neuro imaging; however, our state-of-the-art 3T MRI scanner is fully equipped and we have the ability to image almost any anatomical structure. The magnet was upgraded to Philips' most recent system platform in 2013. UVM became the first site in North America to operate the "d-Stream" MRI system, which supports unlimited coil channels and direct signal digitization at the receiver coil. The digitized signal results in improved signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) and in most cases (as a result) better resolution.
The purpose of the MRI simulator is to expose research subjects to the MRI environment prior to their actual MRI scanning session, to improve the quality of the data that is generated on the research magnet. The simulator can be helpful to researchers who are concerned that their subjects, especially children, will experience anxiety or claustrophobia during the actual scan session. Schedule a time to use the simulator.
Current research includes measuring the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) on Pain with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). The purpose of this study is to investigate whether a psychotherapeutic approach alters the dysfunctional emotional and sensory neural circuitry associated with chronic pain. Discover more research projects.
Accessing the Center
The MRI Center supports researchers with projects from multiple medical and non-medical disciplines. MRI is able to provide both quantitative and qualitative data to researchers and we encourage you to take full advantage of our imaging services and support. Required documentation can be found here.
Last modified February 18 2016 08:22 AM