Human 3T MRI

The Siemens 3 Tesla Skyra MRI scanner has a 70cm wide bore, a full range of imaging coils including an advanced 32-channel head coil, a 20 channel head and neck coil, a 32 channel spine coil, and an 18 channel body coil.

The scanner console includes advanced reconstruction and analysis software for functional and diffusion neuroimaging, perfusion imaging, flow quantification, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal electronencephalography system and an SR Instruments eye tracking unit.

Scanner uses XQ Gradients and has multinuclear spectroscopy and parallel transmit technology (ZOOMit) applications.

Simultaneous fMRI and EEG recording

MBI houses an MR-compatible EEG-recording system (MagLink), which can be used for obtaining integrated EEG and ERP recordings during fMRI scanning.

The passive MagLink system provides the ability to record during the pulse sequence without compromising the raw EEG data. Clock synchronisation between MRI and EEG system improves the accuracy of gradient artifact reduction, simplifies the artifact reduction process and allows acquisition using standard sampling rates.

Key Specifications:

– SynAMP2: 64 monopolar, 4 bipolar, 2 high-level analog recordings

– STIM2: stimulus presentation software; SCAN 4.5: data acquisition and artifact removal software; 0-2 KHz bandwidth; sampling frequency up to 20 KHz; ability to synchronise recording with external triggers.

MR-compatible pulse oximeter

MBI has a Nonin brand fibre-optic MR compatible Pulse Oximeter (Plethysmograph) which can be used to record: pulse rate, pulse waveform and blood oxygen saturation during fMRI scanning. Additionally a hardware interface enables logging of these parameters on a computer during testing. The Pulse Oximeter can also be used in pre-clinical fMRI.

Neuropsychological Testing

A range of software tools are available to conduct neuropsychological testing both inside and outside the MRI scanner.

– E-Prime, Psychtoolbox, PsychoPy, Experimental Builder, and Matlab are available for researchers to implement and run their experiments.

– Trigger interfaces are available to synchronize MRI pulse sequences with experimental paradigms.

– An MR-compatible display screen is available to display stimuli to the participants inside the MRI scanner.