7T and 3T Whole-Body MRI at Mission Bay

The 7T MR950 scanner has the latest technology from GE Healthcare with similar gradient performance to their clinical 3T systems and a 32-channel receive system. The system is considered to be a non-significant risk device and uses the same safety criteria as standard clinical MR scanners. The major applications considered so far have been to either neurological diseases such as cancer, neuro-degenerative and psychiatric conditions or musculoskeletal diseases. Dedicated technical support staff and a research nurse are available to manage research subjects and to assist users in application development. Ongoing collaborations include joint projects with the departments of neurology, psychiatry, neurological surgery and orthopedic surgery at UCSF, with other academic institutions and with industry partners.

The 3T Scanner from GE Healthcare has a 32-channel receiver system, multi-nuclear Spectroscopy, high speed / high volume data pipeline, and high performance gradients. In addition to the standard features, it has numerous advanced capabilities developed by UCSF researchers that can be used for the investigation of human disease and monitoring therapeutic interventions in abdominal, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems.

Advanced instrumentation for generating hyperpolarized C-13 imaging agents is also available for use in conjunction with the 3T scanner for studies in humans and model systems. Dedicated support staff assist to users in application development and expert imaging scientists provide advice on data acquisition and analysis procedures. Research collaborations include multiple UCSF departments and industry, as well as numerous other academic research institutions.


Rates: 7T and 3T Whole-Body MRI at Mission Bay



Rate Description Unit Internal Rate  External Rate Rate change effective date Internal Rate Change Pending External Rate
Change Pending
Human Imaging Core Services 3T - 7T Signa Scan hour $555.00 $699.30      
Preclinical Unassisted 7T Scan hour $118.00 N/A      
Post Processing hour $72.00 $90.72      
Nurse hour $129.00 $162.54      
Consultation/Engineering Support hour $139.00 $175.14      
HyperSense Polarizer sample $72.00 $90.72      
Contrast Agent 20 ml bottle $58.00 $73.08      
Endorectal Coil each $160.00 $201.60      
Syringes each $22.00 $27.72