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About the Spaulding Neuroimaging Laboratory

We specialize in neuroimaging of pain, employing Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and their combination, to study brain function in healthy subjects and in patients with  spinal cord injury. Prior studies include whiplash associated disorder, complex regional pain syndrome, tennis elbow, and migraine, as well as psychiatric diseases including social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia.

About Clas Linnman, Ph.D.

Dr. Linnman is a psychologist trained in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with 15 years of experience in multimodal imaging of pain and negative affect. In his work, he has used PET with multiple tracers to define monoaminergic, peptidergic and inflammatory aspect of clinical pain and clinical anxiety. He has further used fMRI and PET-fMRI combined to study pavlovian conditioning mechanisms for defining emotional circuits in psychiatric disease states. He is currently developing state of the art fMRI, PET and simultaneous PET-MR to visualize and quantify nociceptive processes, from peripheral lesions —via CNS changes in structure, function and receptor expression — to behavioral consequences.

Dr. Linnman also has experience in neuroimaging of animal models of spinal cord injury, as well as extensive expertise in MRI and PET of SCI and other complex neurological-, pain-, and psychiatric conditions.