High resolution MRI

About our Research

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a tool that can be used to examine the central nervous system. Our research aims to improve our understanding of ALS using advanced MRI techniques.

Methods are being developed to accurately measure brain changes that can be used to aid in earlier diagnosis and evaluate new treatments efficiently.

MRI is a safe technique that does not use harmful radiation.

Our research takes place at the Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre at the University of Alberta Hospital, a cutting-edge facility for magnetic resonance research in Canada.

How to Participate

We are accepting healthy subjects and people with ALS for participation in neuroimaging and related studies.

Imaging studies are operating at multiple sites through the Canadian ALS Neuroimaging Consortium (CALSNIC). The minimum criteria to be eligible are that you be able to lie inside an MRI machine for approximately 45-60 minutes and that you do not have a pacemaker.

For more information, please contact Miriam Garrido Clua at (780) 248-1805 or garridoc@ualberta.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does MRI work?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners use a magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the human body. When atoms are subjected to radio waves within these magnetic fields, they emit certain signals which are detected by the scanner. Computers then translate these signals into usable data, which can be used to create high-quality images or provide information about the chemical composition of the underlying tissue.

Is MRI safe?

MRI is safe and does not use harmful radiation. We do not use contrast agents in our research, so this procedure is completely non-invasive.

How long does the MRI scan take?

The exact scan time will depend on the requirements of the specific research study, though typically the scan lasts for around an hour.

What should I do to prepare for the MRI scan?

No special preparation is necessary and you will not be required to fast. However, metallic objects are not allowed near the scanner. Please consult the ISMRM page on undergoing an MRI procedure for more information.

Will I be remunerated for my time?

Currently, we reimburse you for your time in participating in our research study. As well, we provide parking vouchers for easy access to the University of Alberta Hospital.