Brain Imaging Research Center Installs New MRI Scanner

By Tim Taylor

To maintain its cutting-edge research efforts, the Brain Imaging Research Center replaced its current Philips 3T Achieva magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner Monday with a new Siemens 3T Prisma MRI scanner, capable of imaging brain function and structure with improved spatial and temporal resolution.

A wall of the BIRC was removed to allow the new scanner, which weighs 13 tons, to be set in place with a crane. The new Siemens 3T Prisma MRI scanner will be the first of its kind on UAMS’ campus, dedicated entirely to human research activities.

The scanner will enable the Brain Imaging Research Center’s extramurally funded research initiatives, which include modeling long-term consequences of childhood maltreatment on brain function and cognition; using rapid “real-time” brain imaging to study root causes of mood disorders; and understanding changes in brain function which promote recovery from opioid addiction.

 

Workers use a crane to hoist and install a new MRI scanner at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute

Workers use a crane to hoist and install a new MRI scanner at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute. Image by Evan Lewis.