NIF Facility Fellow:
Scope and function:
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) contributes time on two small animal and plant micro-imaging systems (10% on an 11.7T system at Campbelltown and 35% on a 7T system at Hawkesbury) to the NIF. These instruments are adjacent to PC2 facilities, with access to a large animal house, which are availabnle to NIF users of the imaging facilities. Currently NSW has minimal capacity for small animal and plant imaging. The 11.7T in the Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility at Campbelltown and the 7T at Hawkesbury are the only facilities.
Provisions exist for conducting imaging of small animals under anaesthesia in a specialised live animal imaging probe with ancillary respiratory monitoring equipment and cardiac gating.
In addition to 1H, the node is also able to conduct imaging using unusual nuclei such as 13C, 19F, 23Na and 31P.
This node has particular expertise in diffusion MRI - both conventional (i.e. k-space) and q-space methods and interpretation.
A part-NCRIS funded Facility Fellow (0.5 FTE) is engaged to provide assistance in the design and interpretation of experiment to researchers wishing to access the infrastructure.
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