Construction of the MRI laboratory was funded by the Department of Radiology and the Biological Sciences Division. The laboratory was initially equipped with a 4.7 Tesla MR scanner funded by NIH, the BSD, and a gift from General Electric Medical systems division.
This summer (2007) a new 9.4 Tesla magnet with a 30 cm bore was installed. The magnet was purchased in part with a generous donation from Mrs. Nancy Florsheim, in memory of her daughter Lynn S. Florsheim. Additional funding came from an NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant and the Radiology Department. As part of the magnet installation the laboratory was completely renovated to accommodate the larger scanner and ancillary equipment and to improve electronic and acoustical noise suppression.
The Department of Radiology will install a new 1.5 Tesla whole body scanner and a new 3.0 Tesla scanner dedicated to research in early 2008. Users of the MRIS facility will also have access to these scanners for clinical research.
The MRIS laboratory is a Core Research Facility of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center. The overall goal of the facility is to support the work of the University of Chicago scientists by allowing non-invasive, high resolution imaging of animal models of disease, tissues, materials, and clinical research studies involving new applications of MRI. The laboratory opened in 1995