Biological Sciences Divisions | University of Chicago


The newly founded University of Chicago MRI Research Center houses Magnetic Resonance Scanners and experienced support staff. The MRIRC includes:

  • A recently upgraded Philips Achieva 3.0T scanner with dStream technology that is equipped for both neuro- and body-imaging. The scanner has the necessary equipment for functional MRI (fMRI) as well as devices for presenting visual and auditory stimuli during fMRI scans and for recording behavioral responses. This scanner will soon be equipped with MRI-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).Specialized coils for body imaging (breast, prostate) are available.
  • A Philips 1.5 T scanner used primarily for clinical trials. This scanner is also equipped with MRI-guided HIFU. We plan to replace this scanner in late fall with a Philips Ingenia 3.0T scanner with dStream technology, also equipped with MRI-guided HIFU.
  • A 9.4 T, narrow bore scanner. This scanner is used for small animal studies and is part of the University’s Integrated Small Animal Imaging Research Resource.

Support staff at the MRIRC includes: three MRI Physicists, of which one is a Certified Medical Physicist with Special Competency in MRI Physics (ABMP); two Clinical Research Coordinators, and two MR Technologists dedicated to research MRI practice. The Physicists in the MRIRC are developing innovative MRI methods and supporting users of the MRIRC Core facility through protocol design and optimization, performing QA studies, and data processing. Research in the MRIRC includes development of new fMRI methods, MRI methods for characterizing stroke, breast and prostate cancer imaging, use of quantitative MRI in clinical trials, including improvements in quantitative MRI methods, and development of new cardiac imaging methods. Support from veterinary technologists with specialized imaging experience is available from the Integrated Small Animal Imaging Research Resource .


New 3T MRI Scanner installed

The new Philips 3T MRI scanner with dStream architecture has been installed and is open for users after June 1st, 2015. The primary components of this upgrade are:

  1. A new split (TX) transmitter with slice-by-slice optimization of excitation pulses to significantly improve uniformity of excitation.
  2. Addition of Philips ‘D-stream’ technology based on integration of signal-to-noise ratio.
  3. Improved detectors including a 32 channel head coil, and specialized coils for body imaging including dedicated breast and prostate coils.
  4. Integrated MRI-guided HIFU.
  5. Improved monitoring hardware and software for fMRI experiments.
  6. Improved pulse sequences and data analysis software for fMRI, susceptibility-weighted imaging, and arterial spin labeling, and fat-water imaging.

Brain Imaging Seminars


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Regular hours:
  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m.
  • Every other Saturday (two weeks' notice required): 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Please check our online scheduler for the available time/days.

MR safety classes are scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month, 3:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m. in BRIC Q-300 conference room and are mandatory for 3T users who will access 3T MR scanner suite at AMB Q300. To register for MRI safety training, please email technical director Xiaodong Guo.