Whole Body Imaging

The Whole Body Imaging facility encompasses an ultra-high field clinical 7T MRI scanner, preclinical systems at the Glasgow Experimental MRI Centre, and the Total Body PET Scotland facility to give full comprehensive body imaging with high-tech equipment.

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7 Tesla (7T) MRI

7 Tesla (7T) MRI is an advanced imaging modality that has the capability to produce highly detailed images of the body’s internal organs and tissues, allowing scientists and clinicians to study the human body in greater resolution than ever before. Our clinical 7T MRI scanner is located at the Imaging Centre for Excellence (ICE), within a purpose-built facility enabling collaborations among academic, NHS and industry research partners. 

Located on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) campus, the 7T MRI scanner housed at ICE was one of the first such systems in Europe to be embedded within an acute hospital setting, offering a unique advantage for pioneering clinical imaging research. Particular strengths of imaging research groups based at ICE are in the areas of magnetic resonance physics and engineering, and basic neuroscience.

What we offer:

  • World-class development of novel radiofrequency (RF) coils and parallel-transmit (pTx) technology extending the use of 7T MRI to body regions beyond the brain
  • Cutting-edge brain imaging work, including layer-specific functional MRI studies only achievable at the ultra-high magnetic field strength of 7T
  • Clinical research expertise across 7T MRI techniques including applications in clinical radiology, cardiovascular, neuroinflammation, tumour and stroke imaging

Glasgow Experimental MRI Centre

Glasgow Experimental MRI Centre (GEMRIC) is a preclinical imaging facility situated within the Garscube Campus of Glasgow University.  The centre is housed in a custom-designed building containing two Bruker 7 Tesla preclinical MRI scanners, along with a fully equipped surgical suite, animal holding rooms and a physics workshop.

What we offer:

  • Interdisciplinary research focus for translational imaging
  • Extensive experience in in-vivo animal models of disease, MRI physics and functional MRI
  • Diagnostic imaging development
  • Effects of novel interventions on disease processes

Total Body PET Scotland Facility

The National PET Imaging Platform (NPIP) is the UK’s first-of-its-kind national total-body PET imaging platform for drug discovery research. It brings together cutting-edge imaging infrastructure with clinical intelligence, leading to transformations in the way we research, predict and treat diseases forever.

The Total-Body PET Scotland facility is one of two NPIP sites serving the length and breadth of the UK, and is jointly managed by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. It houses the only total-body PET scanner in Scotland, which is capable of delivering superior quality imaging of a patient’s entire body, using low doses of radiation.

What we offer:

  • Imaging that is quicker than conventional PET scans and captures the entire body’s activity with greater accuracy, precision and detail
  • Multiplexing with radiotracers that emit photons of different energies, for the simultaneous imaging of multiple biological processes
  • Monitoring of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic properties of medications for drug discovery research
  • Lower exposure to radiation than conventional PET scans, allowing more patients to engage in clinical research