Neurology, diagnostic imaging

London neuroimaging centre boosts brain research with Siemens 1.5 Tesla MR scanner

12 December 20007

Birkbeck/UCL Centre for NeuroImaging (BUCNI), formed by a joint venture between the School of Psychology at Birkbeck College and the Department of Psychology at University College London (UCL), has made a significant investment in its research capabilities by installing a Siemens Magnetom Avanto Tim 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner. The scanner is located in the newly renovated NeuroImaging Centre, where students and researchers are mapping the human brain’s organization for perception and action.

Funded by a joint Science Research Investment Fund grant to Birkbeck College and UCL, the Siemens 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner allows scientists to observe activity in the brain non-invasively and enhances their understanding of human cognition and behaviour.

The scanner provides imaging that identifies where the brain is processing information and giving commands to the body. Research is currently being carried out into auditory functions, including how sound is perceived and organised in the brain to investigate, for example, how we learn languages.

The scanner offers the highest resolution image quality that will help to improve learning, teaching and ultimately, medical research capabilities. It also provides an interdisciplinary research environment that combines the development of structural and functional neuromapping, offering true collaboration between physics, neuroscience, and psychology.

Marty Sereno, Director of BUCNI, says: “We are excited at the opportunities the Avanto Tim 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner brings us. To understand the human brain presents one of the greatest challenges to science. Research can’t stand still, so an investment of this magnitude in scanning equipment of the highest specification produced by Siemens marks a significant collaborative step in the advancement of neurological science.”

Jayesh Odedra, London Sales Executive at Siemens Medical Solutions said: “Major advances in science are often borne out of similar advances in technology and in this scanner we have engineered a piece of equipment which is at the leading edge of imaging technology. We are delighted to be collaborating with some of the UK’s best researchers, scientists, students and teachers in the evolution of medical research.”

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