The new CUBRIC facility features four MRI laboratories, with a combination of equipment which will make it a unique facility in Europe.
Each MRI suite features 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 features 300 mT/m gradient coils which are typically 6 times stronger than those found in conventional MR systems.  This allows researchers to probe tissue microstructure to much finer detail.

The Microstructure lab is also 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.

What is MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radiofrequency pulses and strong magnetic fields to measure weak magnetic signals originating from water molecules in the body. The resultant tiny magnetic signals are measured by a special receiver and then processed by the MRI scanner’s dedicated computer to generate detailed images of the inside of the human body.
 The technique is non-invasive and does not use any form of ionising radiation. MRI is currently in high demand in hospitals worldwide to examine the human body in the detection and monitoring of diseases. It is also widely used in research facilities for the study and understanding of the human body in both normal and abnormal conditions, as well as many other applications relating to the measurement and study of human health and function.

Ultra-High Field MRI Laboratory

The Ultra-High field lab houses a Siemens 7 Tesla MAGNETOM system, based on an Agilent 7T/830 actively shielded magnet. The system is equipped with 70 mT/m gradients, Siemens’ parallel transmit technology (pTx Step 2.3), and has multi-nuclear capability to take full advantage of the high field strength.

The ultra-high field lab also features 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 features a 3 T Prisma system identical to that of the Clinical Research MRI lab.  This lab has concurrent TMS-MRI and EEG-fMRI, along with eyetracker and a variety of stimulus presentation equipment.

MR Simulator

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.