Scannexus is an internationally-focused imaging centre, providing research and education services to both academia and industry.Ultra High-Field MR imaging provides new levels of insights into human anatomy and function, opening up a range of possibilities with implications for medical diagnosis and treatment.
Visualisation of different layers of the cerebral cortex
The potential to improve spatial resolution to a range of 100-200µm will enable visualisation of (for example) different layers of the cerebral cortex - with impact on the diagnosis of diseases such as early dementia, epilepsy and small-vessel stroke, as well as understanding of vascularisation, myelin pathology and other phenomena.
Furthermore, microbleeds can be identified, oxygen saturation quantified and vasculature mapped via techniques such as Susceptibility Weighted Imaging.
Higher resolution (sub-millimetre) functional imaging
The enhanced signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) enables higher resolution (sub-millimetre) functional imaging. This leads to the possibility of columnar-level imaging; providing insights about the 'neuronal code' within specific brain regions.
In addition, the increased BOLD contrast optimises the relative impact of physiological noise; aiding our ability to probe the mechanisms associated with behaviour, learning and brain development.
Reliably identify many metabolites that are invisible with standard MRI
A key advantage of moving to ultra-high field is the improvements seen in (functional) spectroscopy - brought about by the higher sensitivity and specificity (spectral dispersion).
As a result, it is possible to reliably identify many metabolites that are invisible with standard MRI. This opens up many opportunities for oncology, psychopharmacology and other disciplines.
Scannexus offers you a unique combination of services and technologies. Access to world-leading Ultra High-Field MRI scanners (3T, 7T, 9.4T), is combined with dedicated research technologists and a network of scientific, clinical and application expertise - with a particular focus on clinical neurology, cognitive neuroscience and mental health.
Furthermore, Scannexus facilitates the development of projects, provides a one-stop-shop for contractual issues and brings focus on project delivery.
Together this creates a single portal for the development and execution of translational and early phase clinical studies.
In addition, there is the ability to follow advanced level training in the principles and applications of MRI.
The core elements of the Scannexus facility are three Ultra High-Field whole-body clinical MRI scanners, supplied by Siemens:
- 3T Tim Prisma: a research-optimised system for many kinds of applications
- 7T MRI: on the edge of clinical utility and developing the next wave of scientific breakthroughs
- 9.4T MRI: one of only four such systems world-wide, providing unparalleled insights into the working of the brain and body
Scannexus also offers a range of stimulus and peripheral equipment for the 3T, 7T, and 9.4T MRI scanners.