Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Powerful magnetic resonance imaging scanners and new brain analysis techniques are vital to understanding the complex connections of the human brain.

CMMR researchersCMMR researchers, fall 2016

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is home to some of the most advanced instrumentation in the world. There, faculty and staff provide unique expertise in imaging physics, engineering, and signal processing. Researchers at 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 65,000-square-foot expansion to CMRR enabled the university 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.

An MRI for Fluffy

Fluffy the penguin receives a magnetic resonance imaging scan.

Research spotlight

Human Connectome Project

Human Connectome Project image

The CMMR is a key collaborator on the Human Connectome Project, which aims to provide an unparalleled compilation of neural data, an interface to graphically navigate this data, and the opportunity to achieve conclusions about the living human brain.

Super-powered magnet

CMRR director Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D., talks about the new 10.5T magnet.