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Exploring Inner Space Connecting researchers with infrastructure, the National Imaging Facility (NIF) is an Australia-wide organisation providing state-of-the-art imaging capabilities GET IN TOUCH Exploring Inner Space NIF's grid of imaging facilities reaches across the nation, offering a range of leading-edge instrumentation and expertise to the Australian research community WHAT CAN NIF DO? Exploring Inner Space Established in 2007, the National Imaging Facility (NIF) is a $300m program of the Australian National Collaborative Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). WHAT IS NIF?

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NIF provides state-of-the-art imaging capabilities for the imaging of human, animals, plants, and materials through three main themes of:

MRI of a berry cross-section showing segmentation
Animals, Plants & Materials Imaging 
Human Imaging
PET-CT image of rat
Molecular Imaging & Radiochemistry

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Without the advanced imaging facilities supported by NIF, this project and a lot of other important and world-leading research would not be possible in Australia. These facilities give us a competitive edge that allows us to attract research investment from the USA and from international industry partners

Prof Christopher Rowe
Prof Christopher Rowe
Austin Health, 2017

I would absolutely recommend NIF services and resources to other researchers in my field. My overall experience was very positive, and I think these services could offer similar benefits to a breadth of researchers. The provided resources and expertise were not available anywhere else in the world, nor was there any substitute that could offer comparable support and capability.

Mr Dennis Dimond
Mr Dennis Dimond
PhD Candidate, University of Calgary
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