New super-fast MRI technique demonstrated with song ‘If I Only Had a Brain’

21 abril 2015

With a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique, the vocal neuromuscular movements of singing and speaking can now be captured at 100 frames per second. The sound of the voice is created in the larynx, located in the neck. When we sing or speak, the vocal folds–the two small pieces of tissue–come together and, as air passes over them, they vibrate, which produces sound. After 10 years of working as a professional singer in Chicago choruses, a researcher’s passion for vocal performance stemmed into study to understand the voice and its neuromuscular system, with a particular interest in the aging voice.