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Imaging Facilities

The WBIC Scanner

The WBIC has a 3 Tesla Siemens MRI scanner for functional and structual MRI, that became operational in October 2006. We typically use this scanner for studies of patients or studies where healthy volunteers have received a drug. There is a more recent 3T siemens Verio at the WBIC, mainly for spectroscopy but also available for fMRI (big bore so good for obesity studies).

The CBU Scanner

The CBU has a 3 Tesla Siemens Tim Trio scanner for fMRI, that is currently available for non-CBU studies on Thursdays and Fridays. We would typically only use this scanner for cognitive activation studies in healthy volunteers, ie. no drugs, no patients. Time on this scanner is currently organised via the WBIC and your protocol would need to be approved by the WBIC Resource Allocation Committee (WbicResourceMeeting).

Details of imaging issues in general, and at the CBU in particular are available on the CBU's own wiki, for which BCNI members can get a login. For details, see: [WWW] http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/imaging/UsingThisWiki

There is a page on this site about preparing your study, which you should read: http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/mri/ExternalPreparingYourStudy

To scan at the CBU, you will also need to attend the two-part training course and you will need to have read the Standard Operating Procedures or SOP. You will have to complete the safety course and to do that you have to have read the SOP.

The SOP posted here is uptodate as of October 2006. See the page on the cbu imaging wiki for the current version (you need a cbu wiki login to view this) [WWW] http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/mri/StandardOperatingProcedure