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About the MR Research Facility

The University of Iowa MR Research Facility was established in August of 2004 and now supports research dedicated 3T and 7T whole body scanners and a 7T small animal scanner. The MRRF facility has received two NIH High End Instrumentation grants over the past ten years to help support the acquisition of these instruments. In 2016, the facility moved into the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging (IIBI) located within the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB). The MRRF is run as a Core University facility. The facility is managed on a daily basis by Vincent Magnotta, PhD, Alan Stolpen, MD, PhD, and Dan Thedens, PhD. Oversight is provided by a Research Advisory committee that reviews new project proposals and equipment acquisitions.

Tours of the MRI Research Center are available by calling Marla Kleingartner or Autumn Craig at 335-8706. Tours are led by Dan Thedens, PhD (pictured above). Dr. Thedens is a Research Scientist at the MRI Research Facility and specializes in orthopedic and animal imaging. During a tour of the MRI Research Center, visitors will see the image processing lab, the equipment room which houses the "brains" of the MRI scanner, inside the scanner room and actual images taken from the MRI scanner.

Scanner Usage

Standard operating hours for the equipment is as follows:

    Research-dedicated 3T GE SIGNA Premier scanner: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Research-dedicated 7T GE MR950 scanner: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Small Animal 7T GE MR901 scanner: Monday- Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Shared 3T Scanner located in Clinical MRI Facility: Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.