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Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging

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About Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging

The Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI) at Georgetown University Medical Center consists of faculty, research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students with expertise in structural, functional and molecular brain imaging. We combine brain imaging with behavioral methods to explore... Show more ยป

The Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI) at Georgetown University Medical Center consists of faculty, research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students with expertise in structural, functional and molecular brain imaging. We combine brain imaging with behavioral methods to explore the neural mechanisms of thought, feeling, movement and perception and to explore the mechanisms underlying the acquisition of cognitive and sensorimotor skills.

CFMI provides state of the art neuroimaging on a Siemens Tim Trio. In August 2018, the scanner will be upgraded with the Prisma Fit and include a 32- and 64-channel head coils along with Simultaneous Multi-Slice (SMS) acquisition. Major techniques supported include functional MRI (fMRI), various types of diffusion imaging (DTI, DSI, and NODDI), high resolution structural scanning for morphometrics including voxel based morphometry (VBM) and cortical thickness (CT) estimation, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).

  • Eden GF, VanMeter JW, Rumsey JM, Maisog JM, Woods RP, Zeffiro TA. Abnormal processing of visual motion in dyslexia revealed by functional brain imaging. Nature. 1996; 382(6586):66-9. PMID: 8657305.
  • Washington SD, Gordon EM, Brar J, Warburton S, Sawyer AT, Wolfe A, Mease-Ference ER, Girton L, Hailu A, Mbwana J, Gaillard WD, Kalbfleisch ML, VanMeter JW. Dysmaturation of the default mode network in autism. Human Brain Mapping. 2014; 35(4):1284-96. NIHMSID: NIHMS437669 PMID: 23334984, PMCID: PMC3651798.
  • Rayhan RU, Stevens BW, Timbol CR, Adewuyi O, Walitt B, VanMeter JW, Baraniuk JN. Increased brain white matter axial diffusivity associated with fatigue, pain and hyperalgesia in Gulf War illness. PloS One. 2013; 8(3):e58493. PMID: 23526988, PMCID: PMC3603990.
  • Gropman AL, Fricke ST, Seltzer RR, Hailu A, Adeyemo A, Sawyer A, VanMeter JW, Gaillard WD, McCarter R, Tuchman M, Batshaw M. 1H MRS identifies symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects with partial ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. 2008; 95(1-2):21-30. NIHMSID: NIHMS74462 PMID: 18662894, PMCID: PMC3724938.
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Clinical Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

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Diffusion-Weighted Imaging

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DTI, DSI, and NODDI

DTI, DSI, and NODDI

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Imaging & Spectroscopy

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MR Spectroscopy Services

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Image Analysis

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Animal in vivo Imaging

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Animal Model in vivo Analyses

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Image Processing

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John VanMeter

Director, Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI)
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