Preclinical MRI

Preclinical MRI Center

We provide imaging support for biomedical research. We encourage a wide range of collaborations between groups to explore new imaging techniques, novel imaging contrast agents, or new applications in various research fields. 

State-of-the-art animal scanner: 

  • Bruker 7.0 Tesla MRI 

Supportive infrastructure: 

  • Peripheral equipment for necessary support for anesthesia, physiological monitoring, and stimulus presentations 
  • Machine shop and RF electronics shop

Our imaging expertise includes: 

  • T1, T2, and spin-density structural MRI
  • Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI)
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Blood flow with arterial spin labeling (ASL)
  • Susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI)
  • Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE)
  • Calibrated BOLD fMRI
  • Fat imaging
  • Metabolic imaging
  • MR spectroscopy (MRS)

We collaborate closely to study a range of diseases, including 

  • Stroke
  • Cancer (Breast, Neuro, Liver, Pancreas, etc.)
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • TBI

We also apply imaging technologies to evaluate innovative treatment strategies. In addition to MRI, we also have expertise in behavioral measures, functional outcome measures, image analysis, and immunohistology. 

Contact: 
Eric Muir, PhD, leads the Neurologic and Ophthalmic MRI Laboratory
Zhao (John) Jiang PhD, leads the Stroke and TBI Imaging and Neuroprotection Laboratory