BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Pediatric research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Areas of expertise

Our state-of-the-art, child-friendly research facility features a GE Discovery MR750 3.0Tesla MRI scanner, multinuclear spectroscopy, neonatal transport system, MRI simulator, integrated EEG system and neuroinformatics lab. This is an excellent platform for performing multi-modality brain, behaviour and developmental research studies on neonates and children.

Research services
  • High resolution MRI morphometry,
  • diffusion tensor imaging (DTI/DWI),
  • MR angiography & venography,
  • MR spectroscopy (proton/ sodium and phosphorous),
  • Functional MRI (BOLD/ ASL),
  • image analysis (neonatal and pediatric applications),
  • neuroinformatics,
  • algorithms for processing and analysis of imaging data,
  • de-noising,
  • enhancement,
  • restoration,
  • clustering,
  • segmentation,
  • tracking,
  • matching,
  • fusion
  • kinetic modeling
Sectors of application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Specialized lab


Imaging Facility

MRI 3T system


MRI neonatal transport incubator


Neonatal transport MRI ventilator


MRI monitor


MRI coils: 32 channel head coil, head neck spine 16 channel coil, knee coil array 8 channel, flex coil 16 channel, cardiac coil, quadrature head coil, neonatal head coil, torso array 32 channel


Nordic NeuroLab Visual System


Eye-tracking camera


256 channel EEG system


MRI simulator

Neuroinformatics Lab

High performance workstations including GPU - with 155 TB online server/storage, and image PAC system accessible on 10GB network

  • GE (General Electric) Healthcare Canada
  • Sree Medical Systems
  • Thornhill Research Inc. (Respiract)



Opening of State-of-the-Art Imaging Facility 3-Tesla Scanner


New $12M Child & Family Research Imaging Facility opens in Vancouver dedicated to child health research


Child & Family Research Imaging Facility opens


CFRI and UBC receive $4.9 million from Canada Foundation for Innovation for new Child & Family Research Imaging Facility