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Center for Brain Science - Neuroimaging Core Facility (FAS)

Director: Buckner, Randy


The Neuroimaging facility has a 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner for non-invasive human brain imaging. Our aim is to:

* Provide functional and anatomic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scientists studying human cognition, brain development and aging, and individual differences
* Provide training for undergraduate and graduate students destined to become the next generation of neuroscientists
* Pioneer innovative ways of imaging the human brain and is a first adopter of new neuroimaging technology, tools and applications
* Develop and make available the data processing and visualization tools demanded by advancing neuroimaging technologies.





  • BIOPAC physiological monitoring system ( ECG monitor )

  • MRI visual stimulation systems ( Visual stimulation equipment )

  • NordicNeuroLab AudioSystem ( Auditory stimulation equipment )

    "The NordicNeuroLab AudioSystem is a sophisticated, high-precision solution for research and clinical fMRI. Its state-of-the-art electrostatic ear-plug-style headphones with flat frequency response together with the user-friendly communication console allow the user to effortlessly present and control audio stimulation presented to the patient."

  • NordicNeuroLab MR Simulator ( MRI Scanner )

    "The MRI simulator or “mock scanner” suite is available to investigators to acclimate research subjects, prepare experimental paradigms, and train research staff for actual MRI studies. The mock magnet simulates the real MRI scanner and introduces research subjects, including normal and clinical populations, children and adults, to the scanning environment. This permits subjects to gradually become accustomed to the scanning procedure and trained to minimize movement. Allowing subjects to acclimate to the scanner before the actual imaging session helps to prepare them, and encourages calmer and more focused performance, which ultimately results in more productive and cost effective scanning sessions. The simulator can also be used to develop and test experimental paradigms, and to quickly train new researchers to run the experimental session in a safe and controlled environment, minimizing the use of costly scanner time for set-up and training."

  • S14 fMRI-compatible insert earphones ( Earphones )

    "The S14 fMRI-Compatible Insert Earphones from Sensimetrics Corporation are designed to provide both high-quality acoustic stimulation and hearing protection from scanner noise. They are small enough to fit within any headcoil, and can be covered with circumaural muffs for added protection if the coil allows."

  • Siemens 3.0T Tim Trio MRI Scanner ( MRI Scanner )

    "The CBS Neuroimaging Center operates a 3.0 T Siemens Tim Trio whole-body MRI system (Siemens Medical Solutions, Erlangen, Germany) which is fully equipped for advanced brain imaging. This scanner has a short-bore (2m) magnet, a fast gradient system that provides high-speed structural and functional imaging, and a 32-channel data acquisition system with 32 1-MHz receiver channels for parallel imaging with acceleration factors up to four-fold. The gradient rise time (200 mT/m/ms), peak gradient strength (40 mT/m per axis), and duty cycle are the best specifications in the industry for whole-body systems. Multi-dimensional parallel imaging capabilities enable echo-planar imaging (EPI) acquisitions at higher temporal resolution and with less geometric distortion. Two multi-channel RF head coils are available. The Siemens 32-channel head coil takes full advantage of the 32 receiver channel architecture, and provides the highest signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), especially on the periphery of the brain. A Siemens 12-channel (matrix) coil provides excellent SNR while also providing more space between the head and the coil for headphones and goggles for enhanced auditory and visual presentation. The matrix coil can be used in 4, 8 or 12-channel modes for added flexibility."

  • SR Research EyeLink 1000 MR-compatible eye-tracker ( Eye tracking device )

    "Our EyeLink 1000, from SR Research, is the most powerful eye tracker on the market, and has been customized specifically for the MRI environment.

    The core of the EyeLink 1000 eye tracker consists of a custom designed high-speed camera connected to a dedicated host computer. Running on a real-time operating system, the host software provides extremely fast eye sample access with incredibly low inter-sample variability, accessed via a set of programming interfaces for multiple operating systems and programming languages."

  • TMS System ( Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator )

    "The system includes (1) a MagPro X100 with MagOption Magnetic Stimulator; (2) a Cool-B65 A/P (active/placebo for double-blinded studies) dynamic cooled butterfly coil, which is optimized for high repetition rates and long pulse trains, as well as (3) a C-B60 Butterfly Coil; (4) Coil cooler; and (5) an MEP (Motor Evoked Potentials) Monitor, 1 channel EMG amplifier for determination of Motor Threshold. A Brainsight 2 Neuronavigation System is used to position the TMS coil to target specific brain areas."


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