Brain Imaging Centre

Pierre Blier in the Brain Imaging Centre

Making the Invisible Visible Through Research 

The Royal's Brain Imaging Centre is a state-of-the art research facility featuring a positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MRI) scanner ⁠— the first of its kind in Canada dedicated solely to mental health and neuroscience research. 

Through advanced neuroimaging, researchers are able to effectively look inside the brain and “see” mental illness, which is helping to inform the development of more precise diagnostics and therapies. 

With brain imaging, we are making important strides towards making the invisible visible when it comes to mental illness; demonstrating that like any other medical condition, depression and related mental health disorders have an objective biology. 

“Until now, diagnosing mental illness has been symptom-based, asking patients “how do you feel?” We’d like to do a lot better. One significant way we can effectively improve mental health care is by being able to actually see the organ that is being treated.”
- Dr. Zul Merali, Past President & CEO, The Royal's IMHR

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Information for Researchers

Information for Research Participants

PET-MRI Machine

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Advancements in Brain Imaging