Facilities & Capabilities





The research MRI centre is located on level B2 of the Cardinal Carter South wing of the hospital. To get there, enter through the Queen street main entrance walk across the lobby and follow the blue line on the floor with signs for MRI.  Take the elevator down one floor to B2, MRI is located directly in front of the elevators.  A registered MRI technologist is available Monday to Friday 7am to 730pm for human research studies.  Weekend imaging is also available for an additional fee.

Our dedicated research scanner is a Siemens Magnetom Skyra 3 Tesla MRI scanner (VE 11) capable of functional MR, diffusion tensor imaging, elastography and spectroscopy.   One notable feature of the scanner is its large bore (70cm) thereby making it less claustrophobic than smaller bore (60cm) scanners typically found in other hospitals.

The scanner has the following options available:

  • 64 Channel Head coil
  • 32 Channel Head coil
  • 20 Channel Head/Neck Array
  • 36 Channel Peripheral Angio coil
  • 32 Channel Spine Array
  • 2 x 18 Channel Body Array
  • 16 Channel Shoulder coil
  • 16 Channel Hand/Wrist coil
  • 8 Channel Sentinelle Vanguard Breast coil
  • 4 Channel Large Flex Array
  • 4 Channel Small Flex Array
  • 4 Channel Special Purpose coil
  • Medrad Spectris Solaris Power Injector
  • fMRI presentation system
  • Avotec back projection system for visual presentation
  • Avotec audio presentation system
  • Current Designs button press touch response system
  • Resoundant Acoustic Driver system for elastography imaging


This complete MRI system allows our imaging centre to perform an extensive variety of possible MRI experiments. The following is a sample of the types of measurements we support:


fMRI with a wide range of presentation protocols

Single and multi-voxel spectroscopy

Diffusion tensor imaging with fiber tracking capability


Relaxation time measurements (T1 and T2 mapping)

Coronary imaging




Liver fat quantification

Liver iron quantification


Contrast and non-contrast enhanced peripheral and neurovascular imaging