The Shared Platform for Upright Open MRI Research is a full-service facility for translational MRI research.
We welcome researchers new to or experienced with MRI. Our team of experts are here to support clinician-researchers and other researchers new to MRI to enable them to undertake research with this unique scanner. Each year we select a limited number of new studies to receive full support for obtaining pilot data for grant applications; please contact us for more information.
WHAT MAKES THE UPRIGHT OPEN MRI UNIQUE?
We are able to image bone and soft tissue function in activity (e.g. weight-bearing postures) rather than in supine position (lying down). This is an advantage for investigations related to:
- conditions experienced only (or primarily) in upright postures.
- understanding normal and disrupted function in tissues and organs that function primarily in upright postures.
Our scanner’s stand-up, walk-in design allows people to be scanned:
- in a variety of positions including standing, sitting, squatting, and lying down
- through a range of motion
- in weight-bearing postures
- in positions relevant to physiological function