The Translational MRI Core of the BIDMC Department of Radiology provides state-of-the-art MRI capabilities for imaging human subjects and potentially large animals as part of research studies. The facility operates a research dedicated 3 Tesla system and can provide access to a 1.5 Tesla system. In addition to commercial tools for clinical imaging, customized software and protocols for applications including functional and structural brain imaging, abdominal perfusion and diffusion, muscle functional imaging and spectroscopy are available to users. Additional customization of applications either by the Core staff or in collaboration with the Division of MRI Research is encouraged.
Scanner integrates the power of 3.0T with a 70cm wide bore, and includes MultiDrive RF Transmit, Optical RF, a 50 cm usable FOV and high-performance gradients.
The Ansin Research Facility is not a clinical facility. However, if clinical evaluation of scans is required, this can be provided for an additional charge by the clinical radiology services of BIDMC. The Ansin Research Facility can assist your team in arranging for the reading if notified. Though we encourage discussion with clinical staff to determine the necessity of clinical reading, we defer to the CCI/IRB requirements. If clinical reading is required, further coordination of imaging protocols and differentials may also be required.
Routine archiving of images and providing images on CD or DVD media in DICOM format is provided as part of the scan. Digital transfer of images and converting to other formats may be possible. Imaging data will be kept for at least six months from acquisition. After that point, it is the responsibility of the PI to handle and store their data. Please contact MRI Research with any questions.
Technologists or other Ansin MRI Research Staff may be able to provide necessary image post-processing and analysis. An additional fee may be required. Please contact MRI Research with questions about image processing needs
The facility can provide MRI compatible physiologic monitoring, power injectors, infusion pumps and fMRI visual and audio presentation capabilities. Please contact MRI Research with questions regarding equipment compatibility.
An MRI Technologist will be provided to perform the scans. We currently require that all human subjects scanning be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed MRI technologist or other qualified personnel. The technologist support will be provided as part of the scanning charge.