Since it was established less than 10 years ago, the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center (HBIC) has vastly enhanced the KU research landscape. Top scientific researchers, renowned professors, graduate students and postdoctoral students aspire to carry out their work at HBIC, where advanced imaging studies have led to discoveries in major areas of research, including Alzheimer's disease, weight loss, fetal and infant health, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and traumatic brain injury.
The Hoglund Brain Imaging Center (HBIC) uniquely combines neuroimaging technologies under one roof, boasting state-of-the-art structural and functional imaging capabilities. Thanks to philanthropic support from Forrest and Sally Hoglund and state and federal funding, HBIC functions as a regional resource at the forefront of neuroscientific endeavors.
The environment at HBIC is one where basic and clinical neuroscientists can work together to integrate structural and functional approaches to the assessment of the brain in both health and disease. The Center recently received a $2.88 million High End Instrumentation grant from the National Institutes of Health for a new magnetic resonance imaging system - the largest grant received for a single piece of equipment at KU Medical Center in the past decade.
The new MRI system scans the full body, expanding the center's current focus on the brain to include research on the heart, spine and other parts of the body. Because the new MRI system features technology unavailable when the existing scanner was manufactured, it produces higher quality data and high resolution structural and functional MRI, MR spectroscopy, and diffusion and perfusion imaging. The new scanner also expands imaging capabilities on the existing 3T Siemens Allegra head-only MRI system. Complementing this human system is a 9.4T Varian MRI system for animal studies.
HBIC is the only facility in the world with capabilities for whole-cortex adult magnetoencephalography (MEG) and high-density fetal MEG. The center has a 151-channel, whole-head adult unit with capabilities for simultaneous recording of 156 channels of EEG. In a separate magnetically shielded room, an 83 channel high-density custom-designed unit can be used for fetal MEG and MCG studies or for cardiac and gastrointestinal physiology.
The presence of the 3T MRI and the MEG systems within the Kansas City region provides unique opportunities to offer advanced scanning services to clinicians and patients in the area. These services are designed to enhance and complement existing radiological service. For example, MRI scanning is used for pre-surgical planning in patients with epilepsy or tumor diagnoses.
The HBIC also offers an excellent environment for education. Students at all levels, both in the clinical and basic sciences, are encouraged to enhance their education by working with state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding faculty in such diverse neuroimaging fields as MR spectroscopy, functional MRI (fMRI), diffusion tractography, and MEG.