The University of Virginia (UVA) has built a strong program around magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of small animals over the past thirty years. Manufacturer support has ended for our current Siemens/Bruker ClinScan 7T MRI that supports a large number of NIH funded projects. The ClinScan was purchased in 2007 with funds from a NIH High-End Instrumentation grant.
We recently received a $2 million NIH grant (Dr. Stuart Berr, primary investigator) to purchase a new, state-of-the-art Bruker BioSpec 94/20 9.4T MRI system for rodent imaging and spectroscopy. This new high-field, high-performance system will allow us to make additional measurements that are not feasible with the 14-year old 7T ClinScan. The UVA School of Medicine provided an additional $1.5M for the purchase and space renovation needed for the new MRI.
The new MRI became operational in summer 2021.