The Human MRI Imaging Core Facility is a core dedicated to providing cutting-edge magnetic resonance imaging services for human participants.

Policy and price for using 3T Research MRI


Siemens Vida 3T MRI Scanner

Siemens Vida 3T MRI scanner
  • Technical operation and safe work environment provided by clinically certified MR technologists.
  • Equipped with high-performance imaging coils (e.g., 64-channel head coil), for high-resolution and accelerated imaging.
  • Paired with functional MRI stimulation hardware and software from Nordic Neuro Lab.
  • Capable of performing a wide range of clinical and research techniques, including:
    • High-resolution structural imaging (e.g., MSK, Brain)
    • Spectroscopy
    • Task-based, event-based, and resting-state Functional MRI (fMRI)
    • Perfusion
    • Anisotropic Diffusion Imaging
    • Relaxometric parameter mapping
    • MR Elastography

PST Mock MRI Simulator

PST Mock MRI Simulator
  • Participant acclimation in the MRI environment (e.g., Pediatric studies)
  • Reduction of failed scans from participant motion or claustrophobia
  • Training of participant for functional imaging tasks

3T Siemens Magnetom Vida with BioMatrix technology and turbo suite excelerate package

  • Features:
    • Bore size – 70 cm
    • Gradient amplitudes: 60mT/m
    • Maximum Gradient slew rate: 200 T/m/s
    • Maximum number of RF receivers : 128 independent channels
    • Minimum FOV 5 mm
    • Max FOV 55x55x50 cm
  • Coils available:
    • 64 channel head
    • 20 channel head and neck
    • 32 channel spine (posterior)
    • 18 channel standard body
    • 18 channel large & small flex

About Us

Our Team

Ali S. Arbab, MD, PhD

  • Scientific Director


Nathan Yanasak, PhD

  • MRI Physicist


Felicia Ford, AS, RT

  • MRI Coordinator


Kyle Osteen, RT

  • MRI Technologist




All basic MRI for anatomical images (like T2WI, T1WI, GRE, etc), Neuro perfusion, DSC-based perfusion, DCE-based perfusion and permeability, Cerebral blood flow (2D and 3D ASL), Advanced less-distorted DWI, Selective excitement. DTI (B-value ranges from 0 -10000 s/mm2, directions 256) and fMRI (NordicNeuroLab fMRI and Visual system).

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Abdominal Imaging

All standard sequences for anatomical imaging with or without fat suppression. All advanced sequences for liver imaging for determining fat and iron, MR Elastrography to determine liver fibrosis.

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Basic sequences, T1, T2, T2* mapping. WARP and Advanced WARP (metal implant).

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Vascular Imaging

Pre and post-contrast MRA. Post-contrast multiphasic MRA. MR-DSA. Arterial wall thickness and atherosclerotic plaques can be determined.

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Cardiac Imaging

MRI is considered gold standard for myocardial thickness and changes in the relaxivity due to chemotherapy and other injury. T1- T2-, T2* maps can be created.

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Magnetic Resonance (MR) Spectroscopy

Magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy is a noninvasive diagnostic test for measuring biochemical changes in the brain, especially the presence of tumors. MR spectroscopy compares the chemical composition of normal brain tissue with abnormal tumor tissue.

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Breast Imaging


Other Imaging

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Advisory Committee

David Blake, PhD

Scott Forseen, MD

Lane Estes, MD

Jay Hedge, MD

Nathan Yanasak, PhD

Felicia Ford, AS, RT

Ali S. Arbab, MD, PhD

Shaoyong Su, PhD