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MRI Research Center


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The MRI Research Center is now open at UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). The Center includes a state-of-the-art 3T MRI scanner that offers high-resolution structural imaging, as well as dynamic imaging techniques. It can be used for a wide range of studies, including Alzheimer’s disease, liver disease, and musculoskeletal disease. Located in a lower level suite of the ACTRI building, the MRI Research Center is a shared resource of the ACTRI Center for Clinical Research and Radiology Department at UC San Diego and is operated by the Center for Translational Imaging for Precision Medicine (CTIPM). Research subjects will check in at the ACTRI clinic on the first floor and are then escorted to the MRI Research Center. Anders Dale, PhD, directs the Center.

The GE DISCOVERY MR750 3.0T at the MRI Research Center, which provides whole-body imaging for studies in humans, includes the following features:

  • 32 independent receiver channels
  • an optically coupled radiofrequency system for improved signal-to-noise ratio
  • a high-performance gradient system (50 mT/m amplitude and 200 T/m/s slew rate) with an advanced thermal management system>
  • a powerful reconstruction engine capable of supporting 32-channel studies with high-image throughput

RF Coils: Available RF coils for the 3T systems include the integrated body coils, a Nova Medical 32-channel head coil, Invivo 8-channel head coils, GE flexible surface coils, an 8-channel cardiac coil and a CTL phased-array spine coil. Additionally, a number of custom RF coils have been constructed for special purposes.

Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI)
University of California San Diego
9452 Medical Center Dr.
Suite L3 E601
La Jolla, CA 92037

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F

For technical questions about the MRI Research Center and its capabilities:
Xinjie Ge

To schedule an MRI imaging study:
Please click on the “Request ACTRI Services” button above and select “MRI services.”

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