Small Animal MRI

Contact: Dr. rer. nat. Alireza Abaei

The Core facility Small Animal Imaging operates an ultrahigh field 11.7T MR imaging and spectroscopy system by Bruker (BioSpec 117/16) equipped with high-sensitive cryogenically cooled receive coils and multi-channel capability. It provides technology for neurological, abdominal and thoracic imaging in mice, rats and tissue samples. The means for physiological gating enables high-quality quantification of cardiac and other functional parameters. Advanced rapid MR spectroscopy (MRS) facilitates the study of a multitude of metabolic processes. For X-ray imaging, mice and rats can further be scanned by µ-CT (GE eXplore Locus) providing the means for high-resolution anatomic imaging of for example bones or lung parenchyma.

Core Facility Small Animal Imaging



  • To investigate high-field functional cardiac imaging
  • To investigate high-field ultrashort echo time (UTE) imaging
  • To provide support for non-thoracic imaging and spectroscopy


High Resolution Cardiac Imaging


High Resolution Lung Imaging


High-Resolution Neuro Anatomy
High-Resolution Fast Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)