Since it was established over 13 years ago, the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center (HBIC) has vastly enhanced the KU research landscape. Top scientific researchers, renowned professors, graduate students and postdoctoral students aspire to carry out their work at HBIC, where advanced imaging studies have led to discoveries in major areas of research, including Alzheimer's disease, weight loss, fetal and infant health, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and traumatic brain injury.
The Hoglund Brain Imaging Center (HBIC) uniquely combines neuroimaging technologies under one roof, boasting state-of-the-art structural and functional imaging capabilities. Thanks to philanthropic support from Forrest and Sally Hoglund and state and federal funding, HBIC functions as a regional resource at the forefront of biomedical imaging endeavors. The environment at HBIC is one where basic and clinical biomedical imaging scientist can work together to integrate structural and functional approaches to the assessment of the brain in both health and disease. .
In 2010, the Center received a $2.88 million High End Instrumentation grant from the National Institutes of Health to purchse a new 3 Tesla Siemens Skyra Magnetic Resonance Imaging system - the largest grant received for a single piece of equipment at KU Medical Center in the past decade. The new MRI system scans the full body, expanding the center's previous focus on the brain to include research on the heart, spine, kidneys, upper and lower extremities and other parts of the body. The MRI system features technology produces higher quality data and high resolution structural and functional MRI, MR spectroscopy, and diffusion and perfusion imaging. Complementing this human system is a 9.4T Varian (Agilent) MRI system for animal studies.
HBIC is the only facility in the world with capabilities for whole-cortex adult magnetoencephalography (cMEG) and high-density fetal MEG. The center has a 151-channel, whole-head adult unit with capabilities for simultaneous recording of 156 channels of EEG. In a separate magnetically shielded room, an 83 channel high-density custom-designed unit can be used for fetal MEG and MCG studies or for cardiac and gastrointestinal physiology.
The Center's research infrastructure also includes a Ultrasound scanner (GE Logiq P5): This 2-D ultrasound with the 3.5C Thin Wide Band Convex Probe is capable of imaging the fetus, the fetal heart and recording the location (depth) and orientation of the fetal heart and head. It allows the acquisition and real time transmission of the ultrasound images to the ultrasound acquisition computer. HBIC also recently acquired an High Density Electroencephalography system (HD EEG). The EGI GES 400 series includes the capability for 128 channel infant EEG or 256 channel adult EEG
The presence of the 3T MRI and the MEG systems within the Kansas City region provides unique opportunities to offer advanced scanning services to clinicians and patients in the area. These services are designed to enhance and complement existing radiological service. For example, cortical imaging is used for pre-surgical planning in patients with epilepsy or tumor diagnoses.
The HBIC also offers an excellent environment for education. Students at all levels, both in the clinical and basic sciences, are encouraged to enhance their education by working with state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding faculty in such diverse neuroimaging fields as MR spectroscopy, functional MRI (fMRI), diffusion tractography, and MEG.