The Diamond Study takes place over a span of several visits; the number of visits
is dependent upon whether participants are eligible to participate. The study begins
with a brief telephone screen to determine eligibility. If eligible, participants
will then come in for a clinical evaluation/screening visit involving multiple self-
If the subject is still eligible for the study at that point, they will be scheduled for an fMRI scan.
Scans take place at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center inside Presbyterian Hospital at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC), which is located at this link.
What to Expect
What is fMRI?
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is used to measure changes in blood flow to certain areas of the brain as people perform certain cognitive and emotion tasks. In this study, we use fMRI to help us understand how the brain works in people experiencing distress.
Subjects will lie on a table that moves part way into a large tube containing a magnetic
field. A cylinder-
The imaging cannot be felt and the procedure is non-