To produce Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) images in clinical settings for advanced applications in neuroimaging, body imaging, cardiac imaging and musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging. The system is a 50-50 joint research/clinical system with research activities supported by the BIOTIC imaging research group within the IWK/NSHA hospitals. Equipment specifications support specialized research activities for functional MRI, liver imaging, prostate imaging and quantitative MRI imaging, and involve the latest high speed image acceleration technologies including compressed sense imaging and multi-band EPI imaging.
Field Strength: 3 Tesla
Bore Size: 60 cm
32 channel Brain Coil
12 channel Head Neck Spine (HNS) Coil
32 channel Cardiac Coil
32 channel Body Coil
16 channel Flex Coil set (small, medium, large) for Musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging
Dual tuned (1H, 31P) brain coil for MR Spectroscopy
MRI scanner operates in research mode and can run customized MRI pulse sequences (software)
Pulse Sequences are fully complemented and optimized for neuroimaging, cardiac imaging, body imaging, and MSK imaging. Some examples include:
MR Elastography (liver stiffness)
Ideal IQ (quantitative liver fat and iron concentration)
Dynamic MRI imaging (DISCO) for Prostate, Liver and Brain perfusion/permeability imaging (2-4 second temporal resolution)
31P Spectroscopy (brain spectroscopy)
Multi-band EPI imaging (resting state functional MRI)
T1 rho imaging (MSK applications)
Full complement of 2D and 3D T1, T2, T2* clinical imaging sequences
Human Connectome Project (HCP) specified pulse sequences and post-processing software pipelines (cortical folding, image registration, brain resting state networks)
Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) tractography
Comprehensive Cardiac Imaging post-processing software packages
BIOTIC (Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre) is a multi-site imaging centre that is embedded in the two leading research and teaching hospitals in Nova Scotia. Our advanced pre-clinical and clinical imaging equipment are housed in three labs encompassing over 12,000 square feet of lab space. Our equipment includes MRI, PET/CT, SPECT, EEG and MEG. We are the only group in Atlantic Canada with a collection of research-dedicated imaging technologies of this magnitude.
Our multidisciplinary and cross-functional teams, providing expertise in all facets of imaging research and development, collaborate on commercial development projects with industry partners, as well as research and development projects with a number of institutions. Our team is involved in co-developing medical technologies, as well as creating new imaging techniques and methods for diagnosing and monitoring treatment.
BIOTIC provides single-point access to the expertise, equipment, support services, clinicians, and patient populations you need to answer your most pressing research questions. We will work with you to advance your research program and move your discoveries along the path toward real-world application and commercialization.
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Date submitted: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 12:09 PM
Date updated: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 12:09 PM