Center for Functional MRI In the Department of Radiology

7.0T Scanner – Bruker - Avance II Console


The 7T (20 cm bore) small animal imaging system provides high field strength and gradient performance for high resolution studies of small animals and tissue samples. The main system components are a Bruker 7T magnet with Avance II hardware.

We support many imaging applications including:

  • High resolution anatomical imaging
  • Diffusion imaging, including tractography
  • Functional MRI
  • Proton and Phosphorous spectroscopy (MRS)
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Cell tracking

Radiofrequency coils for multiple applications are available including rat and mouse brain surface coils and three quadrature volume transmit/receive coils of various diameters. We are equipped for both proton and phosporous spectroscopy applications including a phosphorous surface coil and volume resonator and programmable decoupling.

Two gradient sets are available for different applications, a 12 cm gradient with 660 mT/m strength and 4570 T/m/s slew rate and a higher performance 6 cm gradient with 1000 mT/m strength and 11250 T/m/s slew rate.

Cardiac and respiratory monitoring systems are available for gated acquisition. Temperature monitoring is available for feedback controlled heating. A support cradle with an isoflurane delivery and scavenging system is available.