Melbourne Biomedical Imaging Capability

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Two illustrations of brain function lit up

This image shows the white matter fibres which run from the cortex through the brain and terminate in the spinal cord. The colour of the tracts indicate the local fibre orientation (green: front-back, red: left-right, blue: head-foot)

Melbourne Biomedical Imaging Capability offers PET-CT and ultrahigh field MRI scanning for detailed imaging of organs and tissues to help diagnose disease, as well as imaging of animals, plants, medical implants and artefacts for academic research across disciplines.

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Melbourne Biomedical Imaging Capability offers human Positron Emission Tomography and Computer Tomography (PET-CT) imaging and ultrahigh field (7 Tesla) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology.

Our team includes diagnostic imaging technologists and academics with imaging physics and engineering backgrounds. We collaborate with researchers and clinicians who require our technology to understand diseases and normal biological processes. In particular, we are experts in anatomical, functional and molecular brain imaging. We have also studied other areas of the body including the eye and orbit, spine, and musculoskeletal system.

We also work with science and engineering researchers who require non-destructive internal and external imaging, for example of animal specimens, fossils or museum artefacts.

We work on a wide range of projects, for example:

  • Using the 7 Tesla MRI scanner to map the brain’s motor system to help locate brain implants
  • Using the PET-CT scanner to assess the workflow for 3D printing devices to treat traumatic pelvic fractures, as part of a collaboration between Department of Biomedical Engineering researchers and Johnson & Johnson
  • Worked with neuroscientists to study the impact of traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam war veterans. We used the high resolution 7 Tesla MRI scanner to investigate structural and iron abnormalities, and the PET-CT scanner to investigate deposits of abnormal protein aggregates (tau and amyloid).

Image of brain scanner


7T MRI Scanner

One of only two of its kind in Australia, this ultrahigh field Siemens MRI scanner acquires non-invasive structural, functional and molecular information at high spatial and temporal resolutions.

PET-CT Scanner

The PET-CT system is a Siemens scanner for imaging molecular targets in human research participants. The system can perform time-of-flight measurements and has an extended field of view PET with 128 slice CT. The CT scanner is also used to image animals, plants, minerals, fossils, medical implants and other specimens.

User information

The platform is open to clinicians and researchers on a fee-for-service basis, with both collaborative and commercial rates.

How we work

This platform is the University of Melbourne node of the National Imaging Facility, a national integrated imaging technology-based facility which receives funding from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

Banner image: The main motor pathway in the brain of multiple sclerosis patients, by Myrte Strik, Camille Shanahan, Stacey Telianidis, Brad Moffat, Roger Ordidge, Jon Cleary, Scott Kolbe (2017).

Scanner image: Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit (2018).

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Georgia Giannakis

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Further information can also be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.  Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.