The medical imaging labs contain 2 types of MRI scanners:
First, the Esaote G-scan Brio 0.25T, originally designed for musculoskeletal diagnostics. The Esaote G-scan Brio system enables weight-bearing MRI diagnostics by virtue of its rotating gantry design. Next to being used extensively in our medical imaging courses, the scanner is used for novel experimental and preclinical studies beyond its original design goals. A good example is a study together with the UMC Utrecht’s gynaecology department, in which the MD&I group studies the diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction using weight-bearing MRI.
Second, the Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5T is optimized for MRI guided interventions, like cardiac ablation and catheter tracking. In addition to an extensive set of sequences that are available by default, custom sequences can be designed and tested. Through the Access-I interface, third party hardware can interface with the scanner to explore the possibilities of robotic image-guided interventions.
In addition to the MRI scanners, research labs are available for experimental work on magnetic detection.