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 3.0T Philips Achieva MRI scanner (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 3T MR is currently located in the basement of the Purdy Pavilion of UBC Hospital but in 2018 we shall install a new ‘loaded’ 3T whole body MRI in the new MultiModal Neuroimaging Centre located in the basement of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health across from the Ruby North Lecture Theatre. The new MR will be capable of many exciting new 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.

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.