NeuRA Imaging Centre

NeuRA has made a 3T MRI scanner available for research since 2003. The current scanner is a Philips 3T TX MRI (upgraded May 2010). 


The facility currently operates for research 50% of the time and is open for research to scientists on a merit-based, user pays basis. It supports an active MRI research community of researchers from UNSW, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University and The University of Western Sydney as well as researchers from interstate and international sites as required.


Latest News

Publication Spotlight

April, 2016
NIF Quartely newsletter
Here is the link for the first quarterly newsletter of 2016 from the National Imaging Facility.
NIF Quarterly Q1, 2016 (pdf)


March, 2016
NHMRC application letter
We have just been made aware of the fact that all applications for NHMRC grants require a letter from the scanning facility. We have drawn up a template for this letter and you can download and save
Please note: Don't open the form in your browser. Download and then open in Acrobat. The pdf has multiple input fields you will need to enter your details before submission.


March, 2016
New MRI simulator computer
After the upgrade of the software on the MRI scanner, we have had to upgrade our simulator computer (more RAM, faster processor) to run the more complex code.
We are in the process of setting the software up on the computer for offline examcard, patch and protocol setup for R 5.1.7.


February, 2016
New software upgrade
The Philips 3T Achieva MRI at Neuroscience Research Australia has now been upgraded to Release 5 software (specifically 5.1.7). Nearly all research programs have not been affected by the upgrade but please see Lindy Rae or Michael Green for further information.


September, 2015
Introducing 'Hippocampus'
Researchers can now access and download their data (in DICOM format) from any location via any location a new short-term storage facility known as 'Hippocampus'.

The data can be accessed through any browser and will be made available for two weeks after MRI scanning. Please contact Michael Green for more details and to get access for your research group.


June, 2015
Philips MRI Software upgrade
The Philips 3T Achieva MRI at Neuroscience Research Australia will be undergoing a software upgrade to Release 5 in late 2015. 
A MR users meeting will soon be scheduled to outline the changes and alleviate any concerns with respect to current research projects.


March, 2015
Reminder: MRI Safety Induction course
A reminder that all users of the NeuRA Imaging Centre are required to attend and complete the MRI Safety induction course.

If you have not yet attended the course, or have new students who have not attended, please see the MRI Safety page and register for the next scheduled course.


Mapping and measuring gastrocnemius with ultrasound and MRI


Muscle imaging with ultrasound has previously relied on the assumption that the imaging plane is in the plane of the fascicles and perpendicular to the aponeurosis. This novel research validates these assumptions by adding diffusion imaging and high-resolution MRI imaging.

Bart Bolsterlee and colleagues' recent publication in the Journal of Biomechanics outlines a method of comparing in-vivo ultrasound images to 3D reconstructions of muscle fascicles obtained with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).

The study found that pennation angles measured by ultrasound are underestimated by approximately 10 degrees.

 (2015)
PubMed Link

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