Techniques and Research

ROUTINE MRI SCANS

All MRI machines are capable of performing routine studies of the joints, spine and brain. At AIM our goal is to maximize detail that MRI can obtain by having thin slices. For example, our routine knee images are obtained at 3mm thin slices and our knee meniscus is obtained in 3D at 600micron ultra-thin slices. To learn more about the knee and our imaging view our knee gallery.

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AIM COLLABORATES ON OBESITY AND LIPODYSTROPHY RESEARCH

Dr. William Gibson is a Clinical Geneticist with an interest in severe obesity and lipodystrophy. His group applies state-of-the-art assessment of body fat mass, fat distribution and circulating hormones to individuals with severe obesity and genetic lipodystrophy syndromes. The Gibson lab is pleased to be working with our team at AIM Medical Imaging to provide detailed assessment of fat distribution in rare genetic lipodystrophy disorders. Dr. Gibson combines this data with a detailed metabolic profile and targeted assessment of copy-number variants and specific rare nucleotide variants in an effort to discover the cause of the condition.

Ultimately, his goal is to design therapies for these poorly-understood disorders. The Gibson lab then hopes to translate these discoveries into viable treatments for prevention of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in people with rare disorders, and in the population as a whole.

Visit Dr. Gibson’s Lab Website.

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Rapid Acquisition Vascular Imaging

We are currently working on techniques to acquire high resolution imaging of the arterial system in a short timeframe. The primary objective of this research is to be able to offer a viable alternative to CT angiography. The high radiation dose is of concern for everyone. Also, the CT contrast media has a relatively high nephrotoxicity (damaging to the kidneys) when compared to MRI contrast media.

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Prostate Imaging – PIRADS

Imaging of the prostate is always difficult. Just as difficult for the patient are the varying interpretations of the results. The standards developed in Europe to standardize the findings has assisted in quality control of prostate imaging as well as the interpretation. This technique, known as PIRADS (Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System), requires dynamic contrast enhanced imaging of the prostate as well as diffusion imaging and T2 imaging to visualize the prostate and give the best characterization of the prostate gland and surrounding tissue. This technique is offered at AIM Medical Imaging.

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