In Vivo ultra-high field anatomical brain structure in ASD

Research Study

Organization: Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging/Mass General Hospital

Contact: Noreen Ward:, (617) 724-2314


Nouchine Hadjikhani’s group at MGH is doing this NIH-sponsored research to better understand the microstructure of the brain of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This study involves magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI at 7 Tesla, which allows to take very detailed images of the brain.

The study takes part at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Charlestown Navy Yard (CNY). You will be compensated up to $100 for your time, and we will also cover for your parking at the MGH CNY garage if needed. All you will need to do is lie down in an MRI machine without moving for about an hour while we are taking anatomical images of your brain.

To be eligible, you must be between 15 and 50 years old and have a formal diagnosis of ASD.
Exclusion criteria for the imaging studies are: claustrophobia, head injury leading to unconsciousness greater than one hour, history of psychiatric or neurologic illness (other than autism, ADHD or language/learning disability), ferromagnetic metal implants (cannot go in MRI scanner), BMI greater or equal to 35 due to restricted bore size or possibility of being pregnant. It is important that you can lie completely still for 10-15 minutes at the time.

If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more about this study, you can contact Noreen Ward: 617 724 2314 / or Nouchine
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