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3T, 60 cm Siemens Prisma MRI (Gainesville)

This instrument,3 T/60 cm Siemens Prisma, is located at the MagLab's AMRIS Facility at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

This state-of-the-art 3T Siemens Prisma whole body scanner includes simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) techniques for functional MRI (fMRI) and diffusion imaging (dMRI) as outlined in the Human Connectome Project, and techniques for magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), as well as whole-body scanning. The system facilitates cross-compatibility with MRI/S facilities at other institutions for multi-center studies, and alignment of University of Florida imaging with big data multi-site studies for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and the National Institutes of Health's Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. Whole body scanning capabilities enable needed correlative measurements in obesity, diabetes, osteoarthritis, aging and dystrophy studies.

The Siemens Prisma includes a 3-tesla magnet, includes an unmatched 80 mT/m @ 200 T/m/s gradient system, parallel transmit capabilities, a series of MR coils and pulse sequence packages for advanced MR imaging and spectroscopy research of human neuro, body and MSK systems. The SMS techniques and powerful gradients with a combined effective strength of 139 mT/m and a maximum slew rate of 346 T/m/s enable higher resolution brain studies in a shorter period of time.



  • System Console Model: Magnetom Prisma 3T / 60 cm
  • Software Release: VE11C
  • Field: 3 tesla
  • Bore size: 60 cm
  • Homogeneity:
    • 10 cm DSV - 0.001/0.0008
    • 20 cm DSV - 0.02/0.008
    • 30 cm DSV - 0.1/0.045
    • 40 cm DSV - 0.2/0.1
    • 50 cm DSV- 1.5/1.1
    • Based on 24 plane plot
  • Open for users who would pay for magnet time: Yes


MR Microscopy


  • In Vivo MRI
  • MR Spectroscopy
  • Multinuclear (H and X-nuclei) MRS

  • Body Coil – Integrated whole body transmit / receive coil with 32 rungs
  • 64-channel Head/Neck
  • 20-channel Head/Neck
  • 18-channel Body
  • Small (4-ch) & Large (4-ch) Flex
  • 15-channel T/R Knee
  • 32-channel Spine
  • 36-channel Peripheral Angio

The following 3rd party coils are available for research use. Interested users should contact Dr. Jens Rosenberg.

  • Rapid Biomedical transmit receive 1H/31P flexible surface coil
  • Rapid Biomedical quad 1H/31P volume coil (Ø = 26.5 cm)

  • Working bore diameter of 60 cm
  • High-performance gradient system (80 mT/m @ 200 T/m/s simultaneously, on all three axes)
  • Tim 4G RF system with 128 independent channels.
  • Field of view, 50 ´ 50 ´ 50 cm3
  • Multinuclear capabilities
  • Software version VE11C and several licenses for advanced neuro application such as diffusion, DTI, spectroscopy, and perfusion
  • Full body imaging capability: connecting up to 204 coil elements simultaneously, enabling one subject setup, no re-positioning, no changing of coils
  • MR elastography with equipment from Resoundant, Inc.

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Project Development

Investigators should discuss their project with Dr. Jens Rosenberg to review their needed protocol and make sure the needed instrumentation and techniques are available. I.e. hardware exists, protocols may be put together readily, and that sufficient protocol development and/or validation time is allocated. If necessary, Dr. Rosenberg can assist in developing an imaging protocol based on specific needs of a project; it is important to realize that optimizing a specific protocol for a particular project is critical to obtaining significant data.

Instrument Time for Protocol Development

During the first year of operation, the AMRIS Facility has allocated development time for all funded projects to implement and test protocols on the Prisma. This time can be scheduled by Tammy Nicholson or Dr. Lai.

Proposals for Advanced Hardware and Extended Project Development Support

If the hardware required for a project does not exist and/or the necessary MR protocols or sequences are not currently available on the Siemens 3T, Dr. Rosenberg will discuss options for acquiring the needed hardware, sequences and/or developing the required protocol. If the needed MR techniques and protocols are not already available on our scanner and will require Dr. Rosenberg's time to develop them, the grant application budget must include Dr. Rosenberg's time as an MR physicist in addition to any funds needed for acquisition of the hardware and/or software.

Data Analysis

Investigator(s) are also encouraged to review with Dr. Rosenberg their needs for processing and analysis of data acquired on the 3T MRI/S scanner in order to ensure sufficient resources are allocated for this purpose in grant applications.

Last modified on 06 October 2023

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