scanning a patient on the 7 Tesla MRI at the Centre for Advanced Imaging
The Centre for Advanced Imaging's 7T human MRI

CAI acquired the first human images in the southern hemisphere on a 7 Tesla whole body MRI scanner, on February 14th 2014.

The Siemens Healthcare system is the first to be installed in Australia and is also the Flagship instrument of the National Imaging Facility (NIF). Key technical features of the system include a high-performance gradient with multi-receive and multi-transmit radiofrequency capabilities, which further increase sensitivity.

The 7T will be used for a broad range of applications, including neuroscience, engineering, imaging and theranostics. Clinical applications that will benefit from the high spatial resolution achievable with this instrument include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, musculoskeletal and liver diseases.

In addition to this state-of-the art equipment, a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers contribute their expertise to studies run on the 7T.

View the gallery of 7T research images here.


A few facts about the 7T
  • The system was delivered in November 2013
  • The 7T weighs 38 tonnes
  • 20,000 litres of liquid Helium were used to cool down the magnet to  -270°C
  • The 7T uses the latest Magnetom platform, engineered by Siemens

For more information, please contact the Facility Manager.