Center for the Development of Functional Imaging
A special purpose building at 924 South 18th Street houses the major facilities of the CDFI. The centerpiece of this facility is a 4.7 T 60 cm bore actively shielded vertical magnet optimized for fMRI studies. The system uses a Magnex gradient set and a Varian Unity-Inova controller with a Sun host computer running VNMRJ. Visual stimuli are presented using an Avotec fiber-optic system, and eye movements are monitored with an embedded binocular eye tracker. A number of Linux and Sun computers are available on-site for data analysis and for the development of pulse sequences. In addition, the building houses a training area, vivarium, and offices. The CDFI is affiliated with the Vision Science Research Center located in the nearby Worrell Building, and makes extensive use of the electronics and computer facilities there, as well as the machine shop.