The High Field MR Centre, Vienna

The High Field MR Centre, Vienna (HFMRC) is part of the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy of the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna) and is located on the Medical University campus at the General Hospital of Vienna (AKH). It was jointly founded by the Centre of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy (formerly Dept. Radiology) in 2003. 

The centre is an interdisciplinary platform for the development of morphological, functional, metabolic imaging and spectroscopy methods for high and ultra-high field magnetic resonance (3 Tesla and 7 Tesla), and for the application of these methods to basic and clinical research. The HFMRC contributes to postgraduate education of students from medicine and the basic sciences and to the public dissemination of science through open days and events.

The flagship of the imaging resources at the centre is a 7 Tesla Siemens whole-body MR scanner with a powerful gradient insert for microimaging. The centre also houses two 3 Tesla Siemens MR scanners and a laboratory devoted to the development of dedicated radio-frequency coils. The proximity of the centre to the Vienna General Hospital (AKH), one of the largest single-site hospitals in Europe, has helped clinical research flourish and has contributed to the centre becoming the MAGNETOM 7T Siemens International Reference Centre.

Research at the HFMRC is focussed in three areas:

  1. musculoskeletal MR
  2. neuroimaging
  3. metabolic MR imaging and  spectroscopy.

The centre aims to contribute to international efforts to develop and utilise ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy in these fields. This should improve the understanding of basic physiological processes and disease progression, provide new diagnostic possibilities and the possibility to monitor therapy, ultimately contributing to improving the health and longevity of the community.

Info: No routine diagnostic imaging is carried out at the HFMRC. MR investigations are conducted for research purposes only.