MRI stands for "Magnetic Resonance Imaging". An MRI uses a large magnet to take pictures of the brain. These pictures can tell us about the structure, functions, and chemicals within the brain.
The MRI is very safe. It does NOT use radiation like an x-ray machine. We don't give you special medications or dyes like you might get for an MRI in a hospital.
However, since the "M" in MRI stands for "magnetic," children with non-removable metals such as braces or implanted medical devices can not have an MRI with the PediMIND team.
Before your real MRI, you will go into our practice MRI--which looks and sounds exactly like the real MRI--but without the magnet. In the practice MRI, you will play a game that helps you practice lying still.
During your real MRI, part of the time you will play computer games while we take pictures. The other part, you will lie still looking at words. Just like with a camera--moving bodies make blurry pictures! So--you need to lie very still during your MRI--to make great pictures to take home!
To learn more about our current studies and their eligibility criteria, click here
We usually figure out if kids fit into a study at the first visit. Examples of why kids can NOT be in any PediMIND studies include:
NSSI is defined as deliberate, self-inflicted injury without suicidal intent. Common examples of NSSI include cutting, scratching, and burning.
NSSI is not the same thing as suicide. When a person self-injures with at least some intent to die as a result of the injury, we define this as a suicide attempt.
YES! We are currently recruiting two groups that do not require a history of NSSI or BD:
For our studies, we define healthy controls based on the following criteria:
To learn more about the benefits of participating in our research, click here
BD is a disorder marked by periods of extreme, impairing changes in mood or behavior. At PediMIND, we consider the following symptoms as indicators for childhood BD: