The core houses the Ottawa region’s only high-field small-animal MRI machine (7T GE/Agilent MR901).  There are only about 10 such machines in all of Canada.  Take advantage of this resource and gain an advantage in your manuscript content!

Quick facts about how this MRI can support your research

  • Capable of imaging live mice, rats, and other small animals (up to the size of a cat)
  • Spatial resolution of 100 microns (10x better than clinical MRI)
  • Typical fee is $70 per animal per session, including anesthetic
  • Custom protocols for pilot projects
  • In-house MRI expertise available to help you plan and execute your imaging protocol
  • Fully supported by a dedicated veterinary technician, no research personnel time required
  • In use by over 20 research groups
  • Located on the main floor of Roger-Guindon Hall, between the General Campus and CHEO
  • Time slots readily available during the day (no need for evening or graveyard shifts)

Example applications

  • Optic nerve sizing
  • 3D Whole-body anatomical imaging
  • Vessel imaging
  • Cardiac (wall size, ventricular function)
  • Lung (to see tumours)
  • Kidney blood flow
  • Adipose tissue (whole-body imaging)
  • Stroke
  • Tumour (brain or body)
  • Spinal Cord
  • Bone metastases
  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Phosphorus spectroscopy (work in progress)
  • Mouse head morphology
  • Fetal in-vivo
  • Ex-vivo sample imaging
  • Brain structure
  • Ultra-short-echo-time imaging (for imaging solids)
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