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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Next Generation MRI Acquisition at the Lane Neuroimaging Lab


This project will upgrade the General Electric SIGNA MR750 MRI scanner at the Health-Emotions Research Institute (HERI) Lane Neuroimaging Lab (LNL) core to the latest MR29.1 (also referred to as DV29.1) platform. This upgrade will include new data acquisition software and computing hardware and electronics that will enable faster, more motion-robust imaging with overall higher spatial resolution and improved image quality. The overall goals for this upgrade include bringing the LNL MRI scanner up to date with these features that are becoming common and expected in the field, extending the scanner service life, and making the core users more competitive for extramural grant funding.

In addition, the UW–Madison was recently awarded a large U01 grant ($5.5m) from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse to be part of the newly established Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) consortium. The HBCD study is set to be the largest longitudinal, multi-site study of infant and early child development that is planned to follow brain and child development across the first 10 years of life.  This study requires the most up-to-date image acquisition sequences and therefore necessitates the HBCD consortium is requiring all GE scanners to upgrade to the latest MR29.1 platform.


Rasmus Birn, associate professor of psychiatry and medical physics


Ned Kalin, professor of psychiatry


Douglas Dean, assistant professor of medical physics


Lane Neuroimaging Lab