Medical Imaging Center
Banner Alzheimer's Institute is now home to a 18,000-square-foot Imaging Center, built with funds from grants from the National Institute of Health and philanthropic support. The center is licensed by the American College of Radiology, and provides both diagnostic and research imaging.
Banner Alzheimer's Institute provides complete medical, neurological and neuropsychological evaluations in our Stead Family Memory Clinic, along with unrivaled patient and family support services. The Institute also provides advanced imaging for Alzheimer's disease including quantitative MRI, amyloid PET and FDG-PET with quantitative clinical reports related to dementia due to AD. In addition, imaging services are available for dementia, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, MS, Parkinson's and other brain abnormalities. All images are read by neuroradiologists and nuclear medicine specialists, and advanced quantitative analysis is available with clinical reports.
- CT Brain with and without contrast
- PET/CT Brain
- PET/CT Amyloid Imaging
- Other PET/CT
- MRI Brain with and without contrast
- Functional MRI
- Other MRI techniques
- An expertise in structural imaging in AD, as well as amyloid and FDG PET imaging and interpretation
- Experience in working with elderly patients
The state-of-the-art equipment housed within the Imaging Center provides the backbone to BAI's research in Alzheimer's disease and our support of statewide research in neurology, oncology and cardiology. Combined, this equipment allows researchers to evaluate the brain's structure and function, and to measure the brain's metabolism and pathology.
The Banner Alzheimer's Institute Imaging Center's 3T MRI , more powerful than a standard MRI with a stronger magnet, produces clearer images in a shorter time.
Positron emission tomography (PET) involves special radioactive tracers attaching to key parts of the brain affected by diseases, such as Alzheimer's. The PET scanner can detect the biochemical activities and create a three-dimensional image that we can then analyze to determine the brain's metabolism, function and pathology.
The cyclotron creates radiotracers used in PET imaging research. With this key piece of equipment, we can continue our ground-breaking research into new PET techniques to assist BAI-based and statewide Alzheimer's disease, general neurology, cardiology and oncology imaging research.
The final piece of the Imaging Center is an internationally-known team of neuroimaging researchers, biomathematicians, bioinformatics analysts and statisticians. All images are read by neuroradiologists and nuclear medicine specialists, and advanced quantitative analysis is available with clinical reports.
The Computational Image Analysis team provides information that helps address important Alzheimer's research questions - not only here at the Institute, but across the nation and around the world.
The sophisticated image-analysis and processing procedures we use and develop have assisted researchers in tracking patterns and changes in the human brain decades before the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms.