Brain & nervous system
Our major neuroimaging research themes include: stroke, brain ageing & dementia, small vessel disease (SVD), multiple sclerosis (MS) & neuro-oncology / brain tumours, as well as other inflammatory & degenerative diseases which affect the brain.
Dementia is the progressive loss of normal cognitive function, which can occur sporadically due to a genetic predisposition or in relation to chronic cerebrovascular disease.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or simply lupus) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease, mostly affecting women, which is associated with an increased risk of stroke for reasons which are incompletely understood.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease associated with progressive loss of myelin, the natural insulator of nerves.
Oncology (neuro) / brain tumour
Neuroimaging is essential to brain tumour research: it enables non-invasive patient preparation prior to surgery, allowing treatment response monitoring & development of new treatments.
Small Vessel Disease (SVD)
Small vessel disease (SVD) of the brain relates to abnormalities of the tiny vessels known as arterioles, capillaries & venules & encompasses a range of neuroimaging, pathological, & associated clinical features.
Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs after a sudden disruption of blood supply to the brain. In most cases this occurs due to blockage of an artery, but in some the cause of stroke is a brain haemorrhage.
Neuroimaging sciences at Edinburgh Imaging includes facilities on two campuses: one at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE), Little France & one at the Western General Hospital (WGH).