Supporting Biomedical Research
The UVM MRI Center for Biomedical Imaging was established in 2007 to support research at the Larner College of Medicine, and throughout the University. As a Larner 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.