Preclinical MRI Center

We provide a variety of small animal MRI services to investigators within and outside Stony Brook University. We encourage a wide range of collaborations to explore new imaging techniques and new applications in various animal models. 

Small animal 7 Tesla MRI scanner (Bruker Biospec)
The Center has a state-of-the-art small animal MRI scanner dedicated to research. This high-field system delivers superior imaging signal-to-noise-ratio than conventional field strength, enabling anatomical, functional, and molecular MRI research at high spatial resolution. The system provides services primarily for in vivo rodent (rat and mouse) brain and body studies but can be used for ex vivo specimens and potentially other species.

MRI capabilities include

  • Structural MRI
  • Quantitative Relaxometry: T1, T2, T2*, and spin-density
  • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Blood flow MRI with arterial spin labeling (ASL)
  • Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE)
  • MR spectroscopy (MRS)

We collaborate closely to study a range of diseases, including 

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer (Breast, Neuro, Liver, Pancreas, etc.)
  • Neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Glaucoma

Basic Science TowertLocation

The Preclinical MRI Center is located on the east campus of Stony Brook University next to the Basic Sciences Tower and just outside of DLAR facilities.