Message from the Director


Alex MacKay

Alex MacKay, D.Phil

Welcome to the website of the UBC Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Centre!

Our Imaging Centre operates a two 3.0T Philips MRI scanners (whole body) and a 7.0T Bruker MR scanner (30 cm bore) on a cost recovery basis. We offer reduced scan rates for pilot scanning to optimize researcher protocols and free scanning for technical development scans which expand the capacity of our MRs.

We have a very experienced staff comprising of a team of MR technologists, MR Physicists, a radiologist as well as an administrator. We take pride in providing a full range of research support for MR imaging and spectroscopy applications including protocol planning assistance, data collection and guidance with data analysis.

Our older 3T Philips Achieva MR is located in the basement of the Purdy Pavilion of UBC Hospital. We are operating this MR until approximately December 31 2020 in order to permit Researchers with longitudinal MR studies to finish their study with the same MR. Its possible that this MR will fail before the scheduled run down date. In late 2018, we installed a 3T Philips Elition MR in the Charles Fipke Integrated Neuroimaging Centre located in the basement of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health across from the Ruby North Lecture Theatre. The new MR is ‘loaded’ with state of the art features such as ‘multi-band excitation’ and ‘Compressed SENSE’. It will deliver images and spectra with better signal to noise and whole brain fMRI will be available at much faster frame rates. We encourage all MR researchers to move their research to the new MR.

Our 7T MR is located in the basement of the Life Sciences Centre. It underwent a major upgrade in 2012. Piotr Kozlowski and Andrew Yung have done a superb job of optimizing this scanner for imaging and spectroscopy.

If you are interested in making use of MR for your research, or simply would like to know what can be done with state of the art MR technology, please look through our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.