The new CUBRIC facility will feature four MRI laboratories, with a combination of equipment which will make it a unique facility in Europe.
Each MRI suite will feature advanced physiological monitoring, facilities for the administration of gasses and high-spec stimulus delivery equipment. The Microstructure and Ultra-High Field suites will also contain cutting-edge motion and artefact correction equipment. This facility is made possible through the support of the EPSRC & The Wolfson Foundation.
National Microstructure Imaging Facility
Featuring a Siemens 3 Tesla CONNECTOM system – the only one of its kind in Europe and only the second such system in the world. This advanced system will feature 300 mT/m gradient coils which are typically 6 times stronger than those found in conventional MR systems. This will allow researchers to probe tissue microstructure to much finer detail.
The Microstructure lab will also be equipped with a field camera for characterisation of the gradient waveforms to correct the acquisition trajectory, and optical tracking system for the realtime measurement and prospective correction of participant motion.
Ultra-High Field MRI Laboratory
The Ultra-High field lab will house a Siemens 7 Tesla MAGNETOM system, based on an Agilent 7T/830 actively shielded magnet. The system will be equipped with 70 mT/m gradients, Siemens’ parallel transmit technology (pTx Step 2.3), and will have multi-nuclear capability to take full advantage of the high field strength.
The ultra-high field lab will also feature a Skope field camera and a participant motion tracking system.
Clinical Research MRI Laboratory
With a Siemens 3 T Prisma system located close to the clinical research facility, this lab is ideally suited for running research studies on large patient cohorts or for pharmaceutical trials. The Prisma is the most advanced research 3T scanner currently available, featuring 80 mT/m gradients, and up to 128 RF receive channels.
Experimental MRI Laboratory
The Experimental MR lab will feature a 3 T Prisma system identical to that of the Clinical Research MRI lab. This lab will have concurrent TMS-MRI and EEG-fMRI, along with eyetracker and a variety of stimulus presentation equipment.
With an appearance identical to that of the Prisma, the MR Simulator allows participants to acclimatise to the MR environment before going into the real MR scanner. This is particularly useful for studies scanning children or patient groups, or those running complex behavioural experiments.