Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core Facility
The University of Lethbridge, in partnership with a group of local radiologists, have created a world-class research and diagnostic imaging centre. The new SIEMENS Skyra 3 Tesla MAGNETOM (TIM Systems, Siemens Medical Solutions, Erlangen, Germany – 2016) is currently the best clinical MRI scanner in the world, and is located in the MRI Research Centre in the Community Centre for Wellbeing and provides state of the art imaging techniques for U of L research.
This complete MRI system is able to perform a wide range of non-invasive experiments. Some of the applications include: functional MRI (fMRI) with an AVOTEC stimulus package with Presentation and e-Prime 2.0 as software platforms and a state-of-the-art MRI compatible LCD screen for high-resolution stimulus presentation for brain activation and connectivity measurements, MR Spectroscopy (single voxel, 2D and 3D with the afferent analysis tools) for brain metabolites tracing, non-contrast Diffusion Weighted (DW) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) with structural white matter fibres tracking capability, Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI), T1 and T2 Relaxation time measurements and analysis and particular imaging techniques for segmentation and parcellation of the entire brain volume. The presence of the 3T Skyra in our centre is greatly expanding the research possibilities for faculty and students at the University of Lethbridge and opens the door for new generations of researchers to grow and investigate new areas in Neuroscience, Psychology and Health Sciences, right here in our own department and University.