MRI Services

The MRI Core offers several research services to investigators at and beyond OHSU.

Brain imaging: Several different options are available for acquiring brain imaging.  Whole brain images can be acquired via the 16-channel pediatric head coil.  More localized brain imaging can be obtained via the 4 (?) channel special purpose coils, or the (needed description) surface coil.

Abdominal and fetal imaging:  a 15 channel knee coil is available for most abdominal scanning requirements, as most NHP subjects will fit into the center of the coil.  The spine array in combination with the flex coils available can be used to accommodate larger subjects.

Extremities: Imaging of the extremities is possible through a number of different options, including the flex coils, special purpose coils, and human wrist coil. 

Protocols:  Generic protocols are already in place for brain and abdominal imaging.  The MRI Core staff is available to meet and help design more in depth imaging protocols to fit study needs.

In order to offer the ability to obtain magnetic resonance data from sedated NHP subjects to the wide pool of ONPRC scientific investigators, the ONPRC MRI core staff are capable of performing a variety of  functions.


All images acquired on the ONPRC MRI scanner are stored on the OHSU PACs system.

Data retrieval and storage:  OHSU Advanced Imaging Resource Center (AIRC) manages all data collected from MRI scanners across OHSU.  Here you can find information regarding computing accounts for data processing and storage options.

Physiological Data:  The MRI physiological monitor compiles all the data collected during the MRI and formats it into a macro enabled excel spreadsheet.  These, along with the data collected by the MRI core staff, are available on the OHSU X drive.

MRI system reservation: Mike Reusz manages a web-based calendar system that ONPRC investigators access to reserve the MRI instrument. An approved institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) protocol must be referenced in order for investigators to schedule MRI exams. After completion of the experiment, the calendar system is used to charge investigator accounts for use of the MRI instrument.

Safety training:  MRI safety training is available for anyone that will be entering the building, and required for anyone that will need badge access to the MRI trailer.  There is a compass class available and once completed, a brief tour of the safety features in the ONPRC building is given.

 Maintenance of the MRI system: Quality/assurance, management of a calendar system for scheduling the scanner, and billing responsibilities are shared between the ONPRC MRI core, and AIRC staff. These procedures conform to practices developed for the ONPRC MRI system, as well as three other MRI systems located on the OHSU main campus.