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Purdue Life Science MRI Facility

The Purdue Life Science MRI facility opened in the fall of 2016 and operates a Siemens MAGNETOM PRISMA 3-Tesla whole-body MRI system with a 60-cm bore size to support whole-body imaging. This MRI scanner is dedicated to support life science research on the Purdue campus, and is fully equipped with advanced neuro and body imaging sequences, including fMRI, DTI/DSI, perfusion, cardiac, MSK, proton and x-nuclei spectroscopy protocols.  The PRISMA scanner is equipped with a state-of-the-art XR 80 mT/m/200T/m/s gradient system and the latest parallel transmit technology providing 64 fully independent RF channels for up to 204 simultaneously connected coil elements for advanced brain and body imaging. It includes a 64-channel head/neck coil as well as the standard 20-channel head coil, a 32-channel spine coil, a 15-channel knee coil as well as several flexible surface coils and array coils.

For visual presentation, the scanner is equipped with a Hyperion HD (1080p) MRI digital projection system with a native resolution of 1920 × 1080 and synchronized image frame rate with continuous monitoring. The visual stimuli is projected on a screen seen b the subject through a backprojection mirror attached to the head coil above the subjects eyes. Auditory stimulation and ear protection is delivered by an Avotec Silent Scan 3300 system including both a stethoscopic headset and a full-coverage headset. Scanner trigger (for experiment/scanner synchrony) and manual responses are recorded by a Celeritas response unit that includes 2 fiber-optic response boxes with 3 buttons on each box. Finally, speech responses are recorded using a noise-cancelling Opto acoustic FOMRI-III fiber-optic microphone.

The Life Science MRI scanner is housed in a new 3800 sqft building across the street from Lyles-Porter Hall, which houses clinical facilities and the Indiana University Medical School at Purdue, as well as within two blocks of the CTSI core Purdue clinical research facility, and within one block of the Purdue Veterinary School Hospital. MR physics support as well as support from a MRI Technologist is available to users of the system. Due to the research agreement between Siemens Medical Solutions and Purdue University, researchers will also have access to work-in-progress (WIP) research sequences and be able to program their own pulse sequences.

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