Image Research Facility

Imaging Research Facility

The Imaging Research Facility (IRF) conducts research, training, and education in the study of brain structure and function and how these relate to behavior. Using multiple methods of neuro-imaging, it serves an interactive and collaborative community of researchers from across the IUB campus and beyond.

The IRF is extensively supported by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Diffusion Imaging

Understanding how the brain is wired helps explain how it functions and how it learns. The white matter (the axons that connect neurons) allows for communication between neurons. By measuring signal change from the diffusion of water molecules, diffusion imaging can characterize the integrity of white matter and map the white matter pathways.

A number of clinical disorders have been shown to be correlated with white matter deficits, including cardiovascular disease and developmental disorders such as dyslexia and autism. A number of researchers in the IRF use this technology to explore drug abuse, schizophrenia and child development.

Perfusion Imaging

Perfusion imaging allows for the measure of cerebral blood flow and can be useful is the study of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and dementia.