Facilities and Equipment

The Radiological Research Laboratory

The Radiological Research Laboratory occupies more than 17,000 square feet spread over three floors of the Snyder Translational Research Building in Fontaine Research Park at the University of Virginia. Additional research space and equipment is located at the main Health System campus, including a third whole-body MRI scanner, sited immediately adjacent to University Hospital.

MRI Scanners

Facilities and Other Equipment

MRI-Services-Hosp-Patient-Exam_200x150A 230 sq. ft. patient examination room for consent and preparation of study participants, located next to the MRI suites. Major equipment includes a handheld Koko spirometer (PDS Ferraris, Louisville, CO), a 12-lead ECG system (HP Pagewriter XLi, Hewlett Packard Co., Palo Alto, CA), and an MR compatible system for monitoring heart rate and oxygen saturation level (model 3150 MRI Patient Monitor, Invivo Research Inc., Orlando, FL).

Hyperpolarized-gas production laboratory
.  Major equipment includes a129Xe/3He gas polarization system (Model IGI.9600.Xe/He; Magnetic Imaging Technologies Inc., Durham, NC), which can routinely deliver 1 liter of 3He polarized to ~40% in 18 hours, or 0.5 liter of 129Xe polarized to 10% in approximately 1 hour, and a 3He gas polarization system using hybrid alkali spin-exchange optical pumping to deliver 3 liters of 3He polarized to 50-60% in 12 hours.


RF Coils for Hyperpolarized-Gas Imaging. Two flexible chest 3He coils for 1.5T (1 coil suitable for small and medium-sized adults from IGC-Medical Advances, Milwaukee, WI, and 1 coil suitable for medium to large-sized adults from Clinical MR Solutions, Brook­field, WI); a rigid chest 3He coil for 1.5T (Rapid Biomedical GmbH, Würzburg, Germany); a 24-channel chest 3He coil for 1.5T (Medical Engineering & Technology Co., New York, NY); a 5-inch surface coil for 129Xe at 1.5T (Clinical MR Solutions, Brook­field, WI); two flexible chest 129Xe coils for 1.5T (Clinical MR Solutions, Brook­field, WI); a flexible chest 129Xe coil for 3T (Clinical MR Solutions, Brook­field, WI); a 5-inch surface coil for 129Xe at 3T (Clinical MR Solutions, Brook­field, WI); and a variety of custom-built birdcage coils for animal studies of 3He and 129Xe at 1.5T and 3T.