UAB opens Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory

Civitan International funds new UAB neuroimaging laboratory.
neuroimaging lab 2The new 3 tesla MRI scanner at UAB's Civitan International Neuroimaging laboratory, the fastest scanner approved for human use.

With a new state-of-the-art full-body magnetic resonance imaging scanner, the University of Alabama at Birmingham will open the Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory in UAB Highlands Hospital. The facility is supported by Civitan International, an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities.

Investment in the lab includes $3 million for the 3T MRI, the fastest scanner for human use, along with $1 million for renovation of the space. The lab has 5,000 square feet of space to support advanced MRI research and clinical MRI imaging.

The lab will be officially opened during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, at the lab on the first floor of UAB Highlands.

The lab’s imaging equipment will be used for both research purposes and patient care in conditions such as autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, glioma, ALS and traumatic brain injury.