Brain Imaging Research
Banner Alzheimer's Institute (BAI) is recognized as a world leader in brain imaging research.
Our researchers use advanced imaging techniques to:
- Detect and track the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease decades before the onset of memory and thinking problems
- Characterize genetic and non-genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's
- Evaluate treatments to slow the progression of Alzheimer's in affected patients
- Evaluate treatments to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's or prevent it completely.
Along the way, our researchers have:
- Used imaging techniques to make pioneering contributions in the study of human behaviors, like memory and emotions
- Developed image-analysis software with improved power to address important research questions
- Provided imaging resources to assist researchers nationwide and internationally.
BAI researchers use advanced positron emission tomography (PET) methods to peer inside the head and study the inner workings of the brain, as well as the amyloid plaques that build up in the brains of people who develop Alzheimer's. They also use advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to study the structure and functions of the living human brain. These and other imaging methods are playing increasingly important roles in the detection, tracking and scientific study of Alzheimer's, and they are expected to have increasingly important roles in the clinical evaluation and management of patients with memory and thinking problems.
Please call (602) 839-6900 or e-mail us to learn more about our brain imaging research and how you can help in the fight against Alzheimer's.