Brain and Body Imaging

The Binghamton University Brain and Body Imaging Research Center, established in 2021 in partnership with United Health Services Inc., is equipped with the latest 3T MRI scanner from Siemens Healthineers. The facility is in the radiology wing of UHS Vestal adjacent to campus. Greater Binghamton is now home to one of the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centers in upstate New York.

As the two largest employers in the county, Binghamton University and UHS have a history of working together to invest in the community. The center’s $2.8M MRI scanner is equipped for research and clinical applications, making it the first of its kind in New York’s Southern Tier. This opens new avenues of research for Binghamton University faculty and provides UHS physicians with the most advanced imaging technology in the region for patient use. The center is a joint investment that makes both partners more competitive in attracting research faculty and physicians to Greater Binghamton. It also represents a new avenue to kindle collaborations between Binghamton faculty and UHS physicians who seek to work together on research projects that advance our understanding of human health.

MRI-centered research is an inherently cross-disciplinary pursuit. It blends expertise in physics, anatomy, physiology and neuroscience and advanced data processing sciences, in addition to many subfields of interest to the research community at Binghamton University. These areas include cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, biomedical engineering, computer science, data science, artificial intelligence and various subfields of human health. The center enables faculty to expand on collaborations across disciplines and with UHS physicians to address new research questions that MRI technology can answer.

Siemens is the industry leader in MRI technology, particularly for instruments used in both clinical and research settings. In addition to having a world-class MAGNETOM 3T magnet, our facility is equipped with proprietary Siemens processing technologies. These technologies will enable advanced brain imaging for neuroscience research and diagnostics as well as imaging protocols for cancer, the heart and other tissues of the body. The center will also include peripheral instruments that will operate in parallel with the MRI scanner, including eye-tracking and electroencephalogram (EEG) instrumentation.

The facility’s clinical applications include diagnosis and treatment of stroke and aneurysm, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and spinal cord injury. Research applications of our work include cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical engineering, physical therapy and biomedical anthropology.

David Jentsch, Director
4417 Vestal Pkwy E.
Vestal, NY 13850