Discover a new world of biology with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Become an imaging scientist! As part of Biology Week, UCL's Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI) is offering £1,000 worth of free MRI scanning time to the top five ideas of interesting objects or experiments to scan. We are calling for creative ideas of what would be fun and interesting.
Do you have any weird and wonderful objects lying around that you want to scan, or maybe some biological samples that would give interesting or beautiful pictures?
If it's under 3cm in diameter, non-magnetic and contains a high content of water, CABI will scan it in their state-of-the-art high resolution MRI scanner. Insects and plants, for example, are ideal. To submit your idea please tweet mentioning @Society_Biology, write it on the Society of Biology Facebook wall or email it to our press officer Rebecca Nesbit by 31st August 2012.
The top five will have their object scanned and will be presented with a poster of the image during Biology Week.
High-resolution MRI scan of a bumblebee, Jon Cleary (CABI)
The Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI) at UCL is a new research centre for biomedical imaging. Through imaging techniques such as SPECT/CT, photoacoustics, ultrasound and MRI the centre uses imaging to increase our understanding of the mechanisms of disease and help develop treatments.
CABI’s MRI scanner uses a much higher magnetic field than a typical clinical scanner, allowing them to push the boundaries of anatomical imaging and generate extremely high-resolution images. This scanner is normally only used for research purposes, but for Biology Week only, anyone can be an imaging scientist. The wackier the ideas, the better, so we look forward to hearing yours!< Back