3 Tesla 90 cm MRI Scanner

3 Tesla 90 cm MRI scanner. 3 Tesla 90 cm MRI scanner.

This instrument is located at the MagLab's AMRIS Facility at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

This 32-channel Philips whole-body human MR scanner is equipped with a series of coils for MR studies of human organ systems, including a 32-channel head coil for neuroimaging applications with significant gains in signal-to-noise ratio and acquisition speed. An ESys® system by Invivo (Invivo Corporation, Gainesville, Florida) is available for presenting video and audio signals including functional MRI task paradigms to the subjects during scanning as well as entertainment use (DVD movies). A plug-and-play button response device ("Package 932") by Current Designs Inc. is available for collecting subject responses in fMRI studies.

Project Development

When an investigator is planning a project that will use the 3T MRI/S scanner, the investigator(s) must discuss the project with Dr. Song Lai 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. Lai 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. For an ongoing project, if a new device is added and some testing is needed as planned when the project was launched, additional protocol development up to 1 hour without charge may be approved by the Director of the 3T Facility (i.e., Dr. Song Lai).

Instrument Time for Protocol Development

The AMRIS Facility can allocate up to 2 hours of development time for each funded project to implement and test protocols. If the development is more involved than can be accomplished in this time, the investigator(s) must fund additional time from their project budget and/or include Dr. Lai in the project as a co-investigator. For pilot studies, there are several funding mechanisms available through the MBI, CTSI, and SECIM programs at UF.

Advanced Hardware and Protocols

If the hardware required for a project does not exist and/or the necessary MR protocols or sequences are not currently available on the 3T, Dr. Lai 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. Song’s time to develop them, the grant application budget must include Dr. Song’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. Lai 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.

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Staff Contact

For more information please contact Song Lai.

Last modified on 18 April 2017