University of Hawaii Neuroscience and MRI Research Program


About our Research Lab

We are a unit of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), housed in the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our research program aims to bring together scientists interested in finding interdisciplinary solutions in the field of neuroscience. We have investigators specializing in neonate, pediatric, adolescent, and adult studies. With research applications in functional MRI (fMRI), MR spectroscopy (MRS), perfusion MRI, Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and advanced MR applications using image processing tools (e.g. FSL, SPM, FreeSurfer, etc.), the state’s first full-body 3.0 Tesla MRI enables our lab to research a wide array of topics.

For study participants, our lab has a mock scanner, which allows volunteers to become comfortable with the MR scanner. We also have multiple rooms where participants are privately administered neuropsychological tests. In our MRI scanner, subjects can watch a movie, listen to music, or we can attach a mirror that allows them to see to the outside of the scanner to help them remain calm during the scan. Full communication between the subject and the scanner operator is maintained throughout the MRI scan using a set of headphones and microphones. The parents of child participants have the option of staying inside the scanning room with their children or sitting in a comfortable waiting area.

Policies and Procedures for Research with our Scanner

Update: We are currently revising our policy regarding the use of our scanner by outside researchers.  If you would like to be notified when our scanner reopens to outside researchers, please send an email to the webmaster at nmr -AT- hawaii -DOT- edu.

Researchers with an IRB approved clinical protocol that require the use of an MR scanner and are interested in using the 3 Tesla MR system are invited to contact the webmaster to discuss the use. Submittal of a Proposal for the use of the 3-T MR system is required, which will need review by the MR Advisory Committee before initiating a study.

Initiating new research projects using the 3 Tesla MRI System requires reading the Policies and Procedures for Research Use of the 3.0 Tesla MRI System. These policies include the procedures for submitting a new research protocol to use the system as well as the fee schedule for the type of studies.

Completing the Safety Training Program will also be required for new researchers using the 3T-MRI system. The MR Safety Training Form will address the potential hazards of the MRI environment and is an introduction to the MR safety Training Module.

University of Hawaii | John A. Burns School of Medicine | The Queen's Medical Center

Last Updated: April 2010
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