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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?

Application Themes

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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Virtual tools for MRI analyses News, Research Projects Mr Shane Ehrhardt, PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, wants to know: Do training benefits accrued from one task affect cognitive performance on separate, untrained tasks? Working with Prof Paul Dux, Dr Hannah Filmer and Prof Jason Mattingley, Mr Ehrhardt is combining multiple methods, such as brain stimulation and...... Continue Reading fMRI Short Course at UQ News From Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd November 2020, a broad audience of PhD students, postdocs, associate professors, a radiographer and a clinician attended the University of Queensland (UQ) Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) short course. Class in session with NIF Facility Fellow, Dr Saskia Bollmann Participants were provided guidance by experts...... Continue Reading CT and 3D printing improving clinical PPE Exemplars, Research Projects Frontline medical workers put themselves at risk during a pandemic to deliver critical health care and save lives. Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, and face shields can reduce the risk of infection. To prevent contamination through airborne droplets, healthcare workers can employ an air-purifying respirator to push filtered air into their...... Continue Reading Exploring Bio-Aesthetics using CT Imaging News, Research Projects Using the NCRIS-enabled CT imaging capabilities at the NIF Monash Node, award-winning artist Valerie Sparks is exploring ways to collect, manipulate and present 3D datasets. Her art project in progress, named ‘Bio-aesthetic’, focuses on the rarely visualised interior of flora. “I have been exploring ways to create artwork from data collected using scientific equipment. This...... Continue Reading Development of Microbeam Radiation Therapy Research Projects Working at the Australian Synchrotron facility and the Monash NIF Node, the treatment of high-grade brain cancer using personalised microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) has been investigated in a collaborative project between MBI, ANSTO, the University of Wollongong and the Prince of Wales Hospital. The first long-term preclinical study of its kind, evidence to date...... Continue Reading Creating a Lizard Brain Atlas Research Projects Until recently, reptilian evolutionary studies lacked an important resource – a lizard brain atlas. As the subject of numerous ecological and behavioural studies, the Australian tawny dragon (Agamidae: Ctenophorus decresii) was an ideal candidate for creating a high-resolution MRI atlas of a representative scaled reptile (squamata). Such data is not only a resource for...... Continue Reading MR PET machine at UQ - close up in operation National Preclinical PET QA Exemplars, News The NIF Molecular Imaging & Radiochemistry (MIR) Theme is a group of NIF Fellows, Directors, and users of NIF facilities that focus on state-of-the-art radiochemistry and molecular imaging applications using PET, SPECT, and MRI. Integrating preclinical PET systems into a national resource requires the development of defined QA programs to monitor and integrate the...... Continue Reading


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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