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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Scanning the brain and body in health and sickness

A state-of-the-art MR machine can image the living brains of humans and other animals (Credit: Tommy Vaughan/Zuckerman Institute).

Scanners that create magnet fields have become an essential tool for peering inside the head noninvasively.

Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute houses three such devices, each the gold standard for the field, that promise to reveal new details about the anatomy, chemistry and electrical activity of the brain — in health and sickness. Our Magnetic Resonance Imaging team — composed of engineers, physicists and systems operators — supports the use of these machines in studies of humans and other animals. We work with researchers at the Institute and across Columbia to design and implement new experiments and assist with the analysis and interpretation of resulting data. Our team ensures that our work meets regulatory requirements and can provide support for grant applications and manuscript preparations. The studies we conduct could shed light on questions ranging from what the causes of brain disease are to why different people react to art in different ways.

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