St. Michael's Hospital MRI Research Centre

Unity Health Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Offers researchers a comprehensive MRI system capable of routine and advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging techniques

Areas of expertise

The Medical Imaging Office of Research and Innovation at St. Michael’s Hospital provides access to a dedicated research Siemens Magnetom Skyra 3 Tesla MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner capable of functional magnetic resonance (MR), diffusion tensor imaging, elastography and spectroscopy. One notable feature of the scanner is its large bore (70 cm) thereby making it less claustrophobic than smaller bore (60 cm) scanners typically found in other hospitals and research facilities.

Research services

St. Michael’s Hospital complete magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system allows our imaging centre to perform an extensive variety of possible MRI experiments. The following is a sample of the types of measurements we support:

  • Neurological Studies – Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with a wide range of presentation protocol, Diffusion tensor imaging with fiber tracking capability
  • Cardiology Studies – Relaxation time measurements (T1 and T2 mapping); Coronary imaging
  • Body Studies – Elastography; Liver fat quantification
  • Vascular Studies – Contrast and non-contrast enhanced peripheral and neurovascular imaging
Sectors of application
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment



Siemens Magnetom Skyra 3 Tesla MRI scanner

Performs a range of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans

Avotec Silent Vision HR Visual/Audio system

MRI Compatible Audio Visual Stimulus Equipment

Resoundant Acoustic Driver System - Elastography

Medical imaging modality that maps the elastic properties and stiffness of soft tissue

  • Siemens Canada



Current 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3T MRI) Projects at St. Michael’s Hospital…