New Core for Advanced MRI opens

A new core facility has opened its doors at Baylor in a familiar location at the College’s main campus.The Core for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CAMRI), formerly the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory, has been housed in the Smith building since 1999 and was used primarily by Baylor researchers. Now, since becoming an Advanced Technology Core on July 1. It is open to the entire Houston-area research community.

The CAMRI is home to three research-dedicated 3 Tesla Siemens scanners equipped with top-of-the-line gradients, receivers and pulse-sequence technology. They can be used for advanced imaging studies of the function, physiology and anatomy of animals and humans, especially functional, perfusion and diffusion MRI in the brains of human subjects.

“We are excited about spreading the news about this amazing facility to everyone currently using MRI or considering using MRI as a research tool. We have more research-dedicated scanners than any other facility in Texas,” said Dr. Michael S. Beauchamp, director of the CAMRI and associate professor of neurosurgery and neuroscience at Baylor. “Our special expertise is in exploring the human brain using MRI, and CAMRI is equipped with a remarkably sophisticated collection of stimulation and response equipment. We are also very excited about our newly ordered MR Siemens Prisma Fit scanner, originally designed for NIH’s Human Connectome Project.”

Free pilot time is available for scientists interested in using the facility. For more information, contact