The University of Pittsburgh/UPMC Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the development and application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) for medical and biological research, including animal-based research support.
The MRRC houses three Siemens 3 Tesla (3T) Magnetom TIM Trio scanners, and a 7T Siemens whole body human scanner is housed within 5 minutes walking distance of the MRRC. These systems are dedicated to research studies, and are primarily focused on the development of functional MRI (fMRI), investigation of novel contrast mechanisms, and applications in neuroscience, psychology, and neurosurgery. A combined PET/MR scanner system (Siemens Biograph mMR) is also available for preclinical studies. All scanners are equipped with MRI-compatible cardiac EKG equipment and blood oxygen monitors, and are operated by registered MR technologists.
Advanced life support certified registered nursing personnel perform research subject safety screening and preparation. The MRRC is fully equipped with a variety of image analysis software suites and a research LAN network.