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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a cornerstone of medical research and diagnosis. Often, the first step toward the treatment of a disease related to brain health is thorough an MRI exam.
Scientists have developed many scans pertaining to the brain, some of which map the wiring of the brain, some that map blood flow in the brain, and others that assess myelin sheath which insulates nerve fibres. In other words, MRI scanners are tremendously versatile.
Similar to smartphones–which are designed to run a variety of apps–MRI scanners are built to run a wide range of imaging apps. Since MRI does not use harmful radiation or radioactive tracers, patients can be scanned mutliple times in order to closely monitor the effects of new treatments.
MRI scientists at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health use MRI scanners as platforms for the development of apps to provide detailed maps of the human brain which are highly sensitive to any damage and repair.
Together with other advanced MRI techniques, these scans are used to find cures for Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease, and to improve treatment after neurotrauma.
For more information about MRI research, visit the UBC MRI Research Centre website. Please also visit the Charles E. Fipke Integrated NeuroImaging Suite page for more information on our imaging tools.
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