Spinal Cord Imaging at High Field MRI

November 16-19, 2021


This course is designed for researchers and clinicians who are interested in using MRI to study the human spinal cord. Imaging the spinal cord entails a number of complications compared to whole brain imaging: the cord is a thin, flexible, 3-dimensional organ surrounded by pulsating cerebrospinal fluid and a complex vertebral structure. We hope to spare you various pitfalls and failures based on more than 10 years of experience with such imaging.


Faculty     (more to be added)

Robert Barry, Ph.D.  [Course Director]  Dr. Barry’s research aims to maximize the utility of high-field MR scanners to improve our understanding of central nervous system function and networks in normal and pathological populations. A focus of this work has been on the development and validation of methods for the acquisition, processing, and analysis of blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data at ultra-high fields. Recently, this work was translated from the human brain to the spinal cord. The current focus of the Brain & Spinal Cord Laboratory is the development of next-generation hardware and software for spinal cord MRI and fMRI at 7 Tesla.  More information about Dr. Barry available at: