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Structural magnetic resonance imaging 

Structural magnetic resonance imaging
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Structural magnetic resonance imaging
Author(s):

J. Suckling

and E. T. Bullmore

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0024
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date: 18 August 2019

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a versatile and evolving technology for visualizing the structure, function, and metabolism of the living human brain. All kinds of MRI data can be acquired without exposing subjects to ionizing radiation or radioactive isotopes. Installing the hardware for MRI represents a major capital investment, of approximately £1.5 million. For these three reasons of versatility, safety, and (relative) affordability, MRI continues to be the dominant brain-imaging technique in psychiatric practice and research. In this chapter, we introduce the principles and practicalities of MRI and describe common methods of structural MRI data acquisition and analysis. Chapter 2.3.8 on functional MRI provides greater detail on statistical issues arising in image analysis.

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