The McLean Imaging Center (MIC) Core provides Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services to Partners-affiliated and non Partners-affiliated researchers. The available facilities of the Core include several MR machines at different field strengths (3T, 4T and 9.4T), optical imaging equipment, sophisticated mechanical and electronic fabrication equipment, and an extremely powerful computational cluster.
The MIC is an academic, multidisciplinary center comprised of scientists with a diverse range of backgrounds and training, including neuroscience, pharmacology, physics, electrical engineering, psychology, psychiatry, and medicine. The wider hospital also provides rich resources for collaboration – MIC staff members have many collaborative projects in conjunction with the clinical departments throughout the hospital. Furthermore, the proximity of collaborators at numerous nearby universities and downtown hospitals provide a vast array of opportunities to study various patient populations and provide access to an extensive variety of specialized equipment.
The scanner includes software/hardware to track participants’ movements for acclimatization/training purposes (SimFX and MoTrak).
• Structural MRI
• Echo Planar MRI (EPI) / Functional MRI (fMRI)
• Diffusion MRI (DWI, DTI)
• Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) / Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI)/ Functional MRS/MRSI (fMRS/fMRSI)
• Sodium MRI/MRS
• Electroencephalogram (EEG) Monitoring during MRI
• Near infrared spectroscopic (NIRS) Monitoring during MRI
• fMRI with Feedback