Center for Biomedical Imaging (CBI) Resources
The Center for Biomedical Imaging of New York University’s Department of Radiology was established in 2003.  Its mission is to develop new imaging technologies for the improved medical care of patients.  The core technologies being developed include high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), computed tomography (CT), and quantitative image analysis and modeling.  Major areas of research emphasis include neurological and neurovascular disorders, cardiovascular disease, breast and prostate cancer, pulmonary function and disease, hepatobiliary and renal function and disease, and more.  Much of the technical research focuses on development of MR hardware for accelerated imaging at high magnetic field strengths.  The center houses a dedicated RF coil laboratory to support this research.  With a world-class group of investigators, including onsite collaborators from industry, state-of-the-art imaging technology, substantial federal, commercial, and private supporters, and strong infrastructural support, the CBI is pushing the frontiers of biomedical imaging in ways that directly translate into better health care.

Research MRI units in the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CBI):

  • A 128-channel 3 Tesla scanner with Siemens TIM technology
  • An 8-channel 3 Tesla Siemens scanner (soon to be upgraded to 32-channel TIM technology) 
  • A 7 Tesla scanner with 32 receiver channels.  An 8-channel parallel transmit system is scheduled to be installed on this scanner presently.

Clinical MRI units:
As part of the close relationship between NYU and Siemens, several of the clinical 1.5T MRI units at NYU Medical Center have been upgraded to the state-of-the-art 32-channel Avanto platform. Additional clinical MRI units are available at Bellevue Hospital.  Research time is available on all of these systems.

RF coil arrays:
Numerous product-level and prototype radiofrequency coil arrays, ranging from 1 to 128 elements, are available for use with our research systems.  In addition to a full complement of standard clinical arrays, a 32-element Siemens product array designed for rapid cardiac and body imaging is also available for use with one of the Avanto Systems.

RF test equipment:
A full complement of RF test equipment is available in the RF laboratory space at the CBI and at Bellevue Hospital.       

Computer equipment:
A 10-node Linux computer cluster and several multicore Windows workstations are available in the CBI for computationally-intensive tasks of numerical simulation, image reconstruction, or image processing.  Numerous image display workstations are also available, along with various desktop and laptop computers.  Regular backups of research data are performed using network-attached storage and tape backup systems.

Skirball Imaging Resources
The Skirball Institute maintains state-of-the-art systems for mouse imaging with MRI and ultrasound in the Skirball Animal Facility.
7T micro-MRI for Mouse Imaging: Bruker Biospec 300-MHz spectrometer with shielded 7T horizontal bore magnet, high performance actively shielded gradient coils (750 mT/m) and a variety of commercial and custom RF coils and mouse positioning devices.
High Frequency Ultrasound Scanner:
VisualSonics Vevo-770 30-60 MHz ultrasound biomicroscope (UBM) and UBM-Doppler system, set up to perform a variety of imaging (2D and 3D), Doppler (blood flow measurements) and image-guided injection procedures.