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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Modern imaging modalities such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can provide a range of insights into anatomical, microstructural and physiological processes. Professor Olga Ciccarelli tells us more about MRI facilities at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN).

Imaging solutions to meet today's medical challenges

Philips MRI scanner

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Research Unit at the UCL IoN hosts imaging facilities that provide new insights into neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, enabling the development of more effective treatment for patients.

The facility can support any type of magnetic resonance acquisition protocol development, neuroscience and clinical translational studies, and clinical trials in neurology. There are two clinical rooms available in the imaging facility for neurological assessments.

The NMR Research Unit houses a 3T Philips Ingenia CX MRI system, equipped with Radio Frequency (RF) coils for comprehensive neurological examinations (central nervous system, peripheral nervous system). The system also offers multinuclear options (e.g., phosphorus, sodium).

Current research

The facility is primarily used for the development of magnetic resonance methods and research in Multiple Sclerosis. It has also accommodated research studies into diseases such as Stroke, Huntington’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Friedreich Ataxia, and Spinal Cord Myelopathy.

Who can access the facility?

Principal investigators or research groups within UCL/UCLH can apply to use the service. External users (i.e. other academic institutions/NHS Trusts) will also be considered. The NMR Research Unit also welcome proposals for collaborative work.

How do I use this service?

Applications can be made using the dedicated application form below. Applications are considered carefully by the scanner operational management committee on a monthly basis and decisions are made based on the study specific requirements and available capacity.    

Services and rates

Services and rates are available through Worktribe as a UCL facility.

Further information

Find out more about this facility on the UCL IoN website.