The 7T Siemens MRI system was delivered in April and installed in June 2014. It is now being used to optimise pulse sequences prior to the commencement of 7T preliminary studies. These projects are listed below.
7 T MRI pilot projects accepted in 2014 include the following:
– Corticol interactions between two parietal lobe regions that both encode body orientation within the environment: Chief Investigator – Peter Brotchie (University of Melbourne)
– The dynamics of deep superficial cortical layers of visual cortex as measured by high resolution and ultra-high field MRI: Chief Investigator – Dr Bryan Paton (MBI)
– QSM based venography: Chief Investigator – Dr Parnesh Raniga (MBI)
– Advancing pathophysiologic understanding of lacunar stroke using MR imaging at 7T: Chief Investigator – Dr Bruce Campbell (University of Melbourne)
– Subtle bottom of sulcus dysplasias (BOSD): Chief Investigator – Prof Graeme Jackson (Florey)
– Validation of probabilistic maps of midbrain dopaminergic system obtained from 3T parallel transmit: Chief Investigator – Dr Paul Klauser (MBI & University of Melbourne)
– Comparative assessment of quantitative measures of disease progression in MS: Chief Investigator – Prof Trevor Kilpatrick (University of Melbourne)
The opening ceremony for the 7T MRI occurred on 14th October 2014 and was formerly opened by Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education and Senator for Victoria, officially representing the Hon Tony Abbot MP, Prime Minister of Australia. As part of the opening event three symposia were arranged and the keynote speaker in two of these (the MNI Mini-Symposium and the VBIC annual Symposium) was Professor Larry Wald from Harvard Medical School.