Human MRI

Our imaging facilities include two 3 tesla human MRI scanners dedicated to research (Heidelberg campus) and a 7 tesla human MRI (one of only two in Australia) located at our Parkville campus.

3 Tesla Human MRI

The facility is unique in Australia in housing two state-of-the-art 3 tesla MRI scanners both dedicated to research. The facility is located at the Melbourne Brain Centre adjacent to the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg. Direct access between the facility and hospital inpatient buildings provides unique clinical research and educational opportunities. Equipment includes a Siemens Skyra MRI scanner with a wide 70cm bore, and a 60cm bore Siemens PRISMA MRI scanner with high gradient strength (80 mT/m @ 200 T/m/s - particularly advantageous for diffusion imaging). These MRI scanners are utilised with dedicated head coils to perform internationally competitive research involving advanced anatomical imaging studies, functional MRI (fMRI), simultaneous EEG-fMRI, MR Spectroscopy (MRS), perfusion MRI, and diffusion MRI. In addition to 64, 32, 20, 12 and single-channel head coils, the state of the art scanners are also equipped with specialised MRI coils for body & extremity imaging studies. Computer controlled visual and auditory presentation equipment, subject response devices and physiological monitoring are available for use in functional MRI studies.

A wide range of projects are being undertaken at the facility, including study of the healthy brain and a variety of clinical conditions such as epilepsy, stroke, mental health, neurodegeneration (including Alzheimer's disease), concussion, brain lesions, sleep apnoea, dyslexia and speech disorders. Studies include investigation of brain structure & function, including cognition (e.g. language, speech, memory, emotion & music), motor & sensory functions. Subjects range from children through to the elderly. There are also research studies underway aimed at improving neuroimaging technology, neurosurgical planning and deep brain stimulation.

For further information on the Human MRI facility please contact:

Shawna Farquharson
Chief Research Radiographer
Phone: +61 3 9035 7000


Information for MRI study participants is available on our MRI volunteer page.

The imaging team at Austin also develop and distribute a range of MRI imaging analysis software

7 Tesla Human MRI

(University operated facility)

The Florey together with The University of Melbourne host one of the world’s most advanced 7 tesla MRI scanners, one of only two in Australia. The scanner has the potential to image brain regions in unprecedented clarity. The machine helps researchers analyse and understand dementia, stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress and other neurological disorders.

The purchase of the Siemens 7T MRI scanner was 56% funded by the Commonwealth Government through a Nation-building Education Investment Fund (EIF) grant. Remaining funding was provided by The Florey (28%) and The University of Melbourne (16%).

The scanner is located in the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit, a joint facility of The University of Melbourne and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, operated by The University of Melbourne.

For further information on this facility please contact:

A/Prof Leigh Johnston
Director of the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit
Phone: +61 3 8344 1940

To volunteer for a 7T MR scan, please email

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