Imaging the Developing Brain

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an exciting brain imaging method that helps us understand how the brain works and develops. MRI is a safe and non-invasive technique that uses powerful magnets to get pictures of the human brain. It can create detailed pictures of your brain's structure, like a high-resolution photograph. It can also be used to look at brain activity in real time, highlighting the active regions when you think or do tasks like calculating a math problem or reading a sentence. 

What to expect if you or your child is paricipating in an MRI study

Before the MRI, you will be asked to remove any metallic objects, such as jewelry or clothing with zippers, as they can interfere with the MRI machine (the MRI uses a strong magnet, and metal and magnets attract!). Once inside the MRI room, you or your child will be positioned on a comfortable table that will slide into the MRI machine. It's crucial to remain still during the scan to ensure clear images and aren't blurry. The MRI machine will make loud knocking or buzzing noises, but you'll be provided with earplugs or headphones to minimize the sound. The MRI is painless and safe. The duration can vary depending on the study, typically lasting between 20 minutes to an hour. Throughout the process, the researcher will be monitoring you or your child, ensuring safety and comfort.