The Core Facility holds a GE Discovery 750 3.0T MRI scanner. The scanner is equipped with several head coils, including 8ch and 32ch coils. In addition a 32ch NOVA head coil (Nova Medical), which provides transmit/receive possibilities. The Core Facility provides integrated experimental equipment such as an MR-compatible EEG-system (Clinilab Oy) and a setup for fMRI experiments for visual and auditory stimuli as well as response devices. We perform quality assurance of the MRI data routinely and follow up all projects continuously.
In addition to head coils, we now offer whole body MRI with use of a 32-channel body array coil. This will provide unique opportunities for brain – body interaction research.
As part of the 2015 upgrade of the MRI scanner, the Core Facility obtained a research agreement with GE, which secured access to new technology (“NFL package”) in early test versions before it becomes generally available. This is of great value for the research projects at the CF.
We provide a designated PC for running fMRI paradigms with upgraded software; E-Prime2 (Psychology Software Tools), Matlab and nordicAktiva (NordicNeuroLab). These tools contain a comprehensive library of paradigms for use in clinical research and also gives us the possibility to customize paradigms for each project.
The Core Facility will give advice about design and methods, provide access to scanner and can contribute with data analysis after specific agreements. The Core Facility provides a room for interviews and neuropsychological testing etc.
We can also after specific agreements offer NeuroQuant for quantitative MRI measurement, which automatically segments and measures volumes of brain structures and compares these volumes to a normal population.
Prices will vary with complexity and time for each project. We either charge a fee for each scan, usually short term project, but for most long term projects we negotiate a price depending on the needs of each project (The hourly fee staring from 2000 NOK).
For more information regarding services and prices, contact Frode A. Tuvnes (leader and research coordinator): firstname.lastname@example.org