Understanding MRI

A collaborative project to co-develop a series of animations with research participants

In 2020, members of the PhysicsImaging SupportqMAP-PD and PLORAS teams from across the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) came together to deliver a multi-disciplinary public engagement project. Together with volunteers who participate in the Centre’s research, they co-created an animation to explain a core aspect of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The main aim of the animation is to explain MRI technology and alleviate the worries of members of the public who attend the Centre to have an MRI brain scan for research. The team took on the challenge of creating an animation which strikes a tricky balance between maintaining a high level of scientific accuracy while also ensuring the final product remains both accessible and engaging.

This animation, What is functional MRI?, can be viewed here. This project was funded by a digital engagement scheme from the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) at UCL.

Due to the success of the first video, the Understanding MRI team were successfully awarded a second WCHN Public Engagement grant to create two more videos, alongside research volunteers. These will be published in 2022.