Supporting Biomedical Research
The UVM MRI Center for Biomedical Imaging 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 University of Vermont MRI Center is based around a Philips 3T Achieva dStream MRI scanner, including 32-channel phased array head coil, and Dual Quasar gradients with up to 80 mT/m strength and a slew rate of up to 200 T/m/s. dStream technology provides signal digitization at the coil to minimize noise, as well as an almost unlimited number of receive channels. This scanner was recently the first Philips scanner to be upgraded to a new spectrometer (DDAS) to support the use of multiband SENSE technology (simultaneous multislice imaging), enabling acceleration factors of up to 8 over conventional functional and diffusion MRI acquisitions with minimal loss of signal-to-noise. Through collaboration with Philips HealthTech, the MRI Center has access to the latest hardware and software developments, including works in progress.
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.
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