University of Vermont

College of Medicine

MRI Center for Biomedical Imaging

University of Vermont College of Medicine MRI Center for Biomedical Imaging


Scale: Blue = No contaminant    Yellow = Moderate Contaminant    Red = Highly Contaminated

Figures above (Left) axial cross-sectional view of plastic tube filled with course grain sand. Center (red circle) represents fine grain sand with contaminant. The yellow color shows that the contaminant is slowly leaching out of the fine grain sand over time. The adjacent figure (Right) is a sagittal view of the same sand filled tube.


     The UVM MRI Center (a College of Medicine core facility) has partnered with investigators at the nearby UVM College of Engineering and Mathematics to work on a novel research project that will use MRI to quantitatively measure and model the flow of contaminants through in fine and course grain sand. The idea is that when ground contamination occurs, especially in areas where there is a sharp interface between soil types, it is extremely difficult to remove it.The tube was previously flooded with a (MRI sensitive) contaminant, then flushed with water. The images above are indicative that even after being flushed with water, soil contaminants may be trapped within areas of silt or fine grain soils. Drs. George Pinder (CEMS) and Richard Watts (COM) are heading up this project.



Active Investigators:


Angela Applebee, M.D. (Bio)

Trevor Andrews, Ph.D. (Bio)

Ira Bernstein, M.D. (Bio)

Bruce Beynnon, Ph.D. (Bio)

Julie Dumas, Ph.D. (Bio)

Kalev Freeman, M.D., Ph.D (Bio)

Hugh Garavan, Ph.D. (Bio)

James Hudziak, M.D. (Bio)


Donald Leopold, M.D. (Bio)

Magdalena Naylor, M.D., Ph.D. (Bio)

Joshua Nickerson, M.D. (Bio)

George Pinder, Ph.D.(Bio)

Alexandra Potter, Ph.D. (Bio)

Alice Schermerhorm, Ph.D. (Bio)


Andrew Solomon, M.D. (Bio)


Richard Watts, D.Phil (Bio)

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