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On this page you will find detailed information about the MR Research Facility's scanners, computers, and general resources. The National Institute of Health document linked below outlines the equipment used at the MRRF, and provides useful information for researchers:
NIH Equipment Information - MR Research Facility (updated 02/27/2014)
The research-dedicated Siemens 3T TIM Trio MRI scanner is located in L169 MERF (Medical Education & Research Facility) and is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday.
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The shared Siemens Avanto 1.5T MRI scanner is located at MRI in the main hospital and is available on Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
The shared Siemens 3T TIM Trio MRI scanner is located at MRI in the main hospital and is available Tuesdays and Thursday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
The MRI Research Facility's MRI Simulator is available to all MRI researchers at no charge. The MRI Simulator gives subjects exposure to the scanner by realistically reproducing the scanning environment.
The Avotec Real Eye 5701 is an MR compatible eye tracking solution for fMRI studies. The system allows researchers to remotely monitor and track subject eye movement.
Within the MERF Imaging Facility, research workstations are available for investigators to utilize while imaging and post processing data after it is collected. Both Microsoft Windows and Linux-based workstations are available. Several image processing tools are available on these systems including:
We are actively involved with the Iowa Institute of Biomedical Imaging (IIBI) and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) technical groups to provide administration of our computing resources. IIBI provides system upgrades, on-site technical support and backups for all research machines. ICTS currently provides support for the MRI Research Facility's website, scheduling system and the LCModel server.
The MR Research Facility uses the XNAT (Extensible Neuroimaging Archive Toolkit) open source software platform to manage all MR research images. XNAT allows researchers to access and manage their MR images from a secure repository immediately following a subject's research scan. Subject data is confidential and is available for all current MR research projects.
The MR Research Facility strives to keep our equipment state-of-the-art and to provide tools to investigators that will facilitate their research projects. Below is some of the equipment we provide to all MR Research Facility users:
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