Major equipment includes a 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system, a combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography system, and a 19 Mev cyclotron and associated radiochemistry laboratories. Center staff includes applications scientists and technologists specifically devoted to the support of investigator initiated projects. Technologies available to researchers include:
- The Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (MRI/MRS) Facility supports high resolution imaging anywhere in the body. The instrument is used to study a wide range of diseases, from neurological and psychiatric disorders to cancer and vascular disease. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a special type of MRI that provides a means for analysis of brain activity directly and non-invasively.
- The Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) Facility is used for whole-body scanning or visualization of selected organs. PET/CT precisely measures physiologic function, detects metabolic changes in tissue, displays blood flow, tracks alternations in biochemical processes, and more.
- The Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Facility produces positron-emitting radiolabeled pharmaceutical drugs designed and engineered to complement the pharmacokinetics of the clinical molecular target. The preparation of these unique drugs requires a source of radionuclides, and the tools for subsequent drug synthesis. The facility supports generation of specific short-lived, positron emitting radionuclides.
The Biomedical Imaging Core Facility offers MRI and PET/CT scanner time that includes administrative and technologist support. Consultation, image processing, and applications development services are also offered. Currently supported applications include brain white matter tractography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, magnetic resonance angiography, radiofrequency resonator design, perfusion imaging, 18FDG PET imaging, and 15O water PET imaging.