Siemens Skyra 3T MRI

The Siemens Skyra 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner delivers exceptional quality and speed with consistent results. This scanner is located at our Clayton site and is suitable for clinical and preclinical (large animal only) studies.

Benefits of using 3T MRI

  • Non-invasive imaging of large animals
  • Wide variety of scanning sequences
  • Potential to combine MRI with physiological monitoring
  • Exceptional quality and speed
  • Easy access for research studies, no clinical scanning
  • MBI has a strong collaboration arrangement with Siemens, which provides us with access to the latest imaging sequences


  • Neuroimaging fMRI
  • Respiratory MRI
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Structural MRI
  • Musculoskeletal MRI
  • Abdominal MRI
  • Pelvic MRI
  • ZOOMit parallel transmit technology
  • Multinuclear imaging

Research applications

  • Neuroimaging - fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), arterial spin labelling, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, multinuclear spectroscopy and imaging capabilities
  • Water mapping 
  • Structural MRI - T1, T2 and proton density weighted imaging
  • Soft tissue - oncology, organ imaging
  • Hyperpolarised xenon gas lung imaging 
  • Cardiac studies - blood flow and vasculature studies, morphology, dynamic function, tissue characterisation and flow measurements

3T MRI technical specifications

  • 70cm wide bore
  • Full range of imaging coils including an advanced 32 channel head coil
  • 20-channel head and neck coil
  • 32-channel spine coil
  • 18-channel body coil
  • Advanced reconstruction and analysis software for real time functional, diffusion neuroimaging, perfusion imaging and flow quantification
  • XQ Gradients
  • Multi-nuclear spectroscopy
  • Parallel transmit technology (ZOOMit) applications

Compatible equipment

We offer MR-compatible technologies that can be used during MRI scanning. This equipment enables researchers to gain more informative data than conducting separate studies, and also saves time and resources.

Our MRI compatible technologies include:

  • Siemens physiological monitoring equipment: downloadable heart rate, pulse and respiration measurements
  • Nonin fibre-optic MRI-compatible pulse oximeter
  • Auxiliary sensors: 
    • Respiration belt
    • Galvanic skin response (GSR)
    • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
    • Electromyography (EMG)
  • 23” BOLDScreen 3D for stimuli presentation
  • MRI guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS)
  • Animal anaesthesia and monitoring

Additional support

Our Preclinical Support Team can provide valuable guidance with equipment training/inductions. Our Administrative Team is available to help you navigate the relevant procedures.