Package deals on 3T and 7T MRI

Institutions combine to offer researchers discount scanning rates

First published: 22/04/2014

Updated at: 20/03/2014 at 5:10 pm

Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging facility (MBC) at Parkville together with Brain Research Institute (BRI), Austin Hospital (Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health) offers a unique opportunity for scanning using the 3T MRI and the 7T MRI at a greatly reduced rate.  

The special package offer is available from June 2014 for a year (in the first instance) and is offered to researchers applying for MRI-related research grants to obtain preliminary image data. The package includes up to a total 20 scans on a combination of the two MRI systems for a price of $5000.

It is open by application to all local research users including members of the Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability (VBIC). Members of the National Imaging Facility will subsequently be offered the same opportunities.

The package of scan hours that can be used at both the 7T and a 3T MRI scanner at the Brain Research Institute (BRI), Austin Hospital (Florey) site and this package will be offered jointly by both sites.

Validation against imaging data on the commonly used 3T MRI scanners will be necessary to justify the extra costs of high field MRI studies in the application research proposals.

There will be limits on scan time, so researchers will need to schedule and prioritise scanning on both systems.

Submit a single page proposal from the investigator for each study, with a description of how preliminary data will be used for a grant proposal with a substantial component of 7T scanning.

Human Ethics Committee approval is necessary and a “boiler plate” proposal for normal subjects will be available to aid in this process.

A brief final report must be supplied together with future research plans. The arrangement only covers the cost of scanning.

Recruitment, travel, data processing, analysis and interpretation are the responsibility of the researcher, although MR processing assistance will be provided.

Expressions of interest may be sent to Professor Roger Ordidge: or Professor Trevor John Kilpatrick:, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne, or Professor Graeme Jackson:, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Other institutions with 3T MRI research scanners are invited to participate in this scheme and offer scans at a volume and rate that would be acceptable to each institution.

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