We have a Siemens 3 tesla Magnetom Prisma scanner housed in an MRI Suite comprising scanner room, control room, technical room and equipment storage room. The scanner is equipped with various coils and software for brain and body imaging as described in the following document.
Also known as a “mock-scanner”, and housed in its own large mock-scanner room, the MRI Simulator is used for acclimatising children and vulnerable adults to the MR environment. MRI Simulators have been shown to reduce participant dropout rate, reduce anxiety, and ultimately increase data quality. They can also be used to prototype experimental set-ups. Our simulator has: a realisticRealistic scanner body; a mock Siemens head coil, activeActive ventilation and diffuse; adjustable illumination; integratedIntegrated high-end audio system for producing MRI-like and other soundsambient sound; realistic acceleration-/deceleration of the patient table; an integratedIntegrated control panel for all MRI simulator functions.
The centre has an MRI-Compatible SR Research Eye-Link Plus. According to SR Research it isthe world’s most precise and accurate video-based eye tracker, sampling binocularly at up to 2000 Hz. It is highly customizable, with multiple mount options, interchangeable lenses, and head-fixed and head-free tracking modes. This versatility facilitates eye-tracking across a wide range of experimental setups and participant groups, from infants to the elderly and non-human species too. It also enables integration with EEG, fMRI, MEG, ECoG, and other devices.
The centre has three testing rooms: two behavioural testing rooms, each equipped with a desk, desktop computer and internet connection and one clinical testing room, equipped with desk, desktop computer, internet connection, fridge, centrifuge and patient bed.
Waiting Room and Kitchen
The Waiting room and Kitchen look out onto the quadrangle of the Lawrence Stenhouse Building (LSB) offering a quiet and peaceful view of the pond and surrounding nature. We have a wheelchair accessible toilet.
There is also an office for an MRI Physicist, and 3 subject testing rooms for preparation and debrief before and after experiments. We provide an accessible, comfortable participant experience through inclusion of a waiting area with a pleasant view, lockers for participants’ clothing, a mini-kitchen and a wheelchair accessible toilet.
How can you use UWWBIC?
The MRI scanner, mock-scanner and testing rooms can be booked via Calpendo, our online booking system. UWWBIC facilities can be used by any scientist from UEA or partner institution, subject to approval by the UWWBIC management committee. To use the MRI scanner, you’ll need to present your science at a UWWBIC project meeting. If you’d like to use our facilities please contact Will Penny or Jon Brooks or email Nikki Morris the UWWBIC Administrator.
Adjoining labs include the Developmental Dynamics labs housing Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and other technologies designed to tap brain and behaviour in early development. UBIC is sited close to existing EEG, Virtual Reality, Sleep, Movement and Exercise Laboratory (MoveExLab) and the Norwich Medical School.