Welcome to the brain imaging center
UCI Brain Imaging Center (BIC) is a world-class facility, where we do cutting-edge research using a state-of-the-art Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner. Dr. Steven L. Small Ph.D. M.D. was recently named Director of the Brain Imaging Center and featured in UCI's Spotlight - Neurology. Because one in four families contains someone diagnosed with a debilitating brain disorder, it becomes imperative that physicians and researchers have effective tools for diagnosis, treatment evaluation, and understanding underlying mechanisms of brain pathology. PET is such a tool that provides a picture of the metabolic activity of the brain. Dynamic information about the working brain can mean the difference between ineffective costly trial-and-error treatment and successful outcomes.
BIC's High Resolution Research Tomograph (HRRT) offers the highest resolution PET images available (-2mm isotropic resolution). UCI's scanner is one of only sixteen in the world, and five in the U.S. It has more than 120,000 LSO/LYSO detectors arranged in dual layers to enhance resolution throughout the entire brain image. This enhanced resolution allows movement, emotion, and reward circuits to be distinguished from each other. This is not possible with other scanners, including the newest PET-CT scanners.
The director Steven L. Small, Ph.D. M.D. has assembled a multidisciplinary team of physicians, biomedical engineers, psychologists, and computer programmers to continue to keep the facility at the forefront of the continuing advances in brain imaging methodology.
The UCI brain imaging Center's advanced cyber infrastructure for data analysis and image fusion, segmentation and neuroinformatics research is a key to its nationally recognized work.