• Animal facilities
  • Biomarker research
  • Cerebral functions
  • Clinical Studies
  • Data analysis & modeling
  • Imaging
  • Instrumentation
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Pharmaceutical trials

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

In vivo Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy from small animal to human

A unique site for anatomical, functional, and metabolic imaging

 

Located at two sites on the Marseille-Timone university hospital campus, the in vivo MRI platform develops and applies nuclear magnetic resonance instruments and methods for morphological, metabolic and functional exploration of the animal and human body (brain, spinal cord, skeletal muscle, cardiovascular system).

The platform is unique in that it conducts research on both animal and human models. This translational integration of research activities makes it highly effective in transferring results obtained in basic and preclinical research to clinical applications.

The platform is also involved in instrumental (dedicated RF antennas, restraint devices, physiological monitoring accessories, ergometers for animals and humans, etc.) and methodological (pulse sequences, data processing and multimodal image presentation software, etc.) development projects.

It is open to services and collaborative projects.

Techniques

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
  • Physiological parameter monitoring and analysis
  • Image analysis
  • Mechanical and electronic instrumentation design

Équipements

  • Cluster computing
  • Image Analysis Workstation
  • Preclinical 7T MRI system (small animal) & RF coils
  • Preclinical 11.75T MRI system (small animal) & RF coils
  • Multinuclear MRI/MRS (e.g. Fluorine, Phosphorus, Sodium...)

Training

You are looking for a platform to train one or more staff on a particular technique or equipment: you’re at the right place!

This platform is open to training other than for students enrolled in Aix Marseille Université courses and associated institutions. For more information, please contact the scientific manager.

Services subject to charges

You have a project that requires expertise, a technique or equipment that you don’t have? You’re not looking for scientific collaboration, but for the expert who can meet your needs? Then you’ve come to the right place.

To submit a project to the in vivo MRI platform, please contact the scientific or technical managers by e-mail. Briefly describe your project, specifying the targeted imaging modality (clinical or preclinical MRI), the magnetic field, the type of study (monocentric or multicentric), the number of subjects, regulatory and time constraints, and the nature of the request (scientific or commercial partnership).

Applications can be submitted at any time of the year. They are selected based on their feasibility, including the time and human resources required. The applicant will be answered within two months, together with an estimate and a provisional schedule for the requested services.

Numbers!

5 MR systems available for various applications

7 Tesla (the highest clinically approved magnetic field strength worldwide)

11.75 Tesla (ultra-high preclinical field strength)

<1mm (In vivo human MR imaging at sub-millimetric resolution)

30 ongoing academic projects every year

15 ongoing industrial projects every year (including pharmaceutical trials)

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