Magnetic resonance imaging

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labTo successfully understand the complex connections of the human brain and how they can lead to or complicate a host of devastating diseases, researchers need powerful magnetic resonance imaging scanners and new brain analysis techniques.

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is home to some of the most advanced magnetic resonance instrumentation in the world, complemented by a group of faculty and staff that provide unique expertise in imaging physics, engineering, and signal processing. As a result, for decades, researchers at the CMRR have been able to develop ultra high-field magnetic resonance technology and functional MRI methods used to image the brain in revolutionary ways.

These images help push us closer to understanding the physiological and biochemical processes behind conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and a number of psychiatric conditions.

A recent $53.2 million, 65,000-square-foot expansion to CMRR allowed us to develop the world’s largest and most powerful human imaging magnet – a 10.5 Tesla magnet capable of delivering the sharpest images ever seen through magnetic resonance imaging technology.

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