The Social Life and Engineering Science Imaging Center (SLEIC) houses a Siemens 3T Magnetom Prisma Fit whole body MRI scanner with a full set of head, body, knee, ankle, spine, and breast imaging coils. The newly installed scanner is equipped with state-of-the-art XR 80 mT/m / 200 T/m/s gradient system with parallel transmit capabilities. The scanner includes a 20-channel head coil, and a 64-channel head and neck coil. The imaging suite is equipped with a 1024x768 pixel MR-compatible projector with rear projection screen, two four-button fiber optic response boxes from Creative Technologies, two two-button fiber optic response grips from Nordic Neurolabs, and a joystick from Creative Technologies. SLEIC also maintains physiological recording equipment to enable collection of breathing rate, pulse oxygen, and the electrocardiogram, and an olfactometer. Our olfactometer system comes with a fully featured paradigm designer and 6 channel odorant carrier to adjust the device behavior to the experimental design needs. SLEIC is also equipped with the VisuaStim digital goggles & headphones in conjunction with the MReyetracking from Resonance Technologies for the audio-visual stimulation. The VisuaStim & MReyetracking combines 2D/3D high-resolution digital video and high-quality sound with the tracking of eye movement. SLEIC also maintains a second long-range optics eye tracker and an MRI compatible video camera system. The long-range optics eye tracker system uses ASL bright pupil technology and can be positioned 12 feet from the bore. Space Space associated with the 3T MRI facility consists of a 1,000 sq ft imaging suite including a magnet room, control room, waiting room, and simulator room (including a full scale MRI mock/simulator and presentation computer); a 200 sq ft waiting room and interview room; and a 300 sq ft office/file server/conference room suite. The 3T facility also maintains site licenses for E-Prime and Matlab software for use with the open source Psychophysics Toolbox and related packages. SLEIC has staff dedicated to supporting imaging research: 1.5 FTE MR technologists, an MR physicist, a research scientist specializing in statistical analysis and programming, and an administrative coordinator. Additionally, the center offers evening and weekend scheduling hours to facilitate research with pediatric populations.
Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center