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.

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MRI Simulator

The purpose of the MRI simulator is to expose research subjects to the MRI environment prior to their actual MRI scanning session, to improve the quality of the data that is generated on the research magnet. The simulator can be helpful to researchers who are concerned that their subjects, especially children, will experience anxiety or claustrophobia during the actual scan session. Schedule a time to use the simulator.

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Research

Current research includes measuring the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) on Pain with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). The purpose of this study is to investigate whether a psychotherapeutic approach alters the dysfunctional emotional and sensory neural circuitry associated with chronic pain. Discover more research projects.

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Accessing the Center

The MRI Center supports researchers with projects from multiple medical and non-medical disciplines. MRI is able to provide both quantitative and qualitative data to researchers and we encourage you to take full advantage of our imaging services and support. Required documentation can be found here.

Recent Publications

  • Carter, J. C., Sturnick, D. R., Vacek, P. M., DeSarno, M. J., Argentieri, E. C., Slauterbeck, J. R., . . . Beynnon, B. D. (2016). Relationship between geometry of the extensor mechanism of the knee and risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury. Journal of Orthopaedic Research
  • Dumas, J. A., Bunn, J. Y., Nickerson, J., Crain, K. I., Ebenstein, D. B., Tarleton, E. K., . . . Kien, C. L. (2016). Dietary saturated fat and monounsaturated fat have reversible effects on brain function and the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines in young women. Metabolism, 65(10), 1582-1588
  • Dumas, J. A., & Newhouse, P. A. (2015). Impaired Working Memory in Geriatric Depression: An fMRI Study. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23(4), 433-436.
  • Gonyea, J. V., Watts, R., Applebee, A., Andrews, T., Hipko, S., Nickerson, J. P., . . . Filippi, C. G. (2015). In vivo quantitative whole‐brain T1 rho MRI of multiple sclerosis. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging