Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Facility (Parkville Campus)

Hosting whole of body PET/CT and 7T MRI Siemens research scanners


Professor Roger Ordidge

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The Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit at Parkville has been established as a consequence of the procurement of major funding via the Federal government Education Investment Fund (EIF) and the Victorian State government Victoria’s Science Agenda (VSA) Investment Fund, together with funds provided by the University of Melbourne and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. The Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit is led by Professor Roger Ordidge, Chair of Imaging Sciences.

Although the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit is based around imaging machines, the consortium places emphasis on being engaged with the scientific community to enable appropriate usage of the technologies. In combination, these advanced imaging technologies will lead to advances in the diagnosis and hopefully, the eventual treatment of a wide range of neurological disorder. This necessitates close collaboration between University of Melbourne scientists and engineers and those in associated institutes, public teaching hospitals, and national and international centres of research excellence.

The Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit houses two state-of-the-art scanning facilities:

  • Combined Positron Emission Tomography/ Computerised X-ray Tomography (PET/CT)
  • 7-Tesla ultra high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

These facilities are part of the National Imaging Facility (NIF) and the Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability (VBIC).



Professor Roger Ordidge was involved in the early design and construction of one of the first whole body MRI scanners in the late 1970’s at Nottingham University, UK. He designed some of the commonly used spatial localization techniques for measuring metabolism using Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and patented and developed the Echo Planar Imaging method that is the basic method for functional MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging and perfusion imaging.

The MBCIU team have expertise in Neuroimaging (MRI, Diffusion, Sodium, MRS, PET, Image Processing).

Dr Sonal Josan, Siemens Ultra-high Field MRI Scientist, is part of our group. She works on sequence development and improvements, MRS methods and QSM pulse sequence improvements and online reconstruction.

We have extensive experience with human amyloid PET/CT, CT of animal specimens, human CT cadaver and contrast use and CT of rock samples, drug trials and early and late phase diagnostic evaluation. Recent projects include a number of high-profile Alzheimer’s disease studies.

The NIF Informatics Fellow, Dr Neil Killeen, oversees imaging informatics to develop systems to manage complex data collections (primarily neuroimaging) in distributed environments. We assist scientists to make use of research computing infrastructure, connecting data repositories to storage and compute (Cloud, HPC) and joining the dots with workflows.


Enquiries regarding the facility should be directed to:

Director of MBCIU and 7TMRI enquiries: Prof Roger Ordidge

Phone: +61 3 8344 1953


Room: Kenneth Myer Building, 1.37

PET/CT enquiries: Rob Williams

Phone: +61 6 9035 8217


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7T human MRI

MRI scanner used for high resolution imaging of human brain and body.

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PET-CT Scanner

PET/CT whole-of-body scanner used for Research scans of the human brain and body.

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Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Facility (Parkville Campus)

The University of Melbourne, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. Kenneth Myer Building, University of Melbourne, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Core facility in a research organisation
Discipline areas: Biological Science, Materials Science
Precinct: Central
Affiliations: Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, National Imaging Facility (NIF), The University of Melbourne, VBIC

Biological Science categories: CT, In-vivo imaging, MRI, PET