The Dunedin Study - DMHDRU

Brain Imaging Project (MRI)


We introduced the Brain Imaging Project as part of the Phase 45 assessment, and we will perform this again in the Phase 52 assessment, however this time it will be shorter..

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What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of the Phase 52 study is to see how the brain changes as we age.  We will compare the results of these scans to your last MRI scans at Phase 45, and we will also use other information that you (and your family and others) have provided over your lifetime.  In the future, this may help improve the way in which medical science can predict and treat brain diseases of aging such as Alzheimer’s Disease. 

What is involved in the Study?

During the study, pictures of your brain are taken using an MRI scanner. An MRI scanner is basically a large magnet with a tube in the middle that allows us to take pictures of the inside of your body or, in our case, your brain. The scanner itself does not move while we are taking the pictures, but it does make a lot of noise. The MRI procedure is completely non-invasive and painless, that is, you won’t be poked, prodded or disturbed in any way.  During Phase 45 you did both structural scans, where images were taken of your brain anatomy, and functional scans during which you were asked to play games.  During Phase 52 however we will be concentrating on structural scans only.

Invitation to take part

An invitation, together with a copy of the Explanation of Procedures and Consent Form, will be sent out to all Study members as part of the Phase 52 information package.

Click here for more details on the Brain Imaging Study (MRI).