The mission of the Dynamic Imaging Science Center is to better understand the science of human movement in health and disease, through the development and use of non-invasive imaging. The facility operates a high-performance 0.55 Tesla whole-body MRI scanner, with a wide range of physiological monitoring systems that can be utilized simultaneously with imaging. Current projects include the imaging of the upper airway vocal tract during speech production, swallowing, and sleep; imaging movement of joints such as the wrist; and cardio-pulmonary imaging.
The Center is supported by the National Science Foundation, Viterbi School of Engineering, and Siemens Healthineers. Diverse research activities are supported by a full time Research Scientist and an on-site Scientist from Siemens. DISC is governed by a Director, Internal Advisory Committee, and External Advisory Committee.