Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping

The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
What the facility does

High field and ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of humans and preclinical models of disease.

Areas of expertise

We have the only collection of high and ultra-high field MRI scanners in Canada. We are staffed by a dedicated group of physicists, engineers, animal technicians and MRI technologists addressing basic and clinical neuroscience, musculoskeletal health and medical device testing.

Research services

MRI scanning of patients, healthy controls, non-human primates, small to medium sized animals such as dogs, cats, rodents as well as birds; assessment of MRI compatibility of pacemakers, joint implants, prostheses.

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)

Specialized lab



CFMM 3T Suite

Siemens 3T Prisma Fit

Whole body 64 receive channel MRI system with full neurological, cardiac and musculoskeletal application suites.

CFMM 7T Suite

Siemens 7T Magnetom Step 2.3

Neuro-specialized 8-transmit channel, 32-receive channel MRI system for neuroimaging

CFMM 9.4T Suite

Agilent 9.4 T Direct Drive MRS/MRI Console

31 cm bore 4-ransmit channel, 16-receive channel MRI system for imaging preclinical models of disease


Agilent network analyzers, signal generators, oscilloscopes, noise figure meter, impedance meter, dielectric measurement device etc., CST microwave studio, Exxact GPU-based supercomputer

Full service radio frequency engineering lab aimed primarily at MRI RF coil design and construction, but available for general EM work.

Access to Compute Canada’s HPC resources

  • Boston Scientific CRM
  • Profound Medical Inc. (PMI)
  • Trudell Medical
  • Siemens
  • Agilent
  • Merck-Frosst
  • Merck-Sereno
  • XLR Imaging
  • Ceresensa
  • Neuronitek
  • Northern Digital Inc. (NDI)
  • Neoptix
  • ExtraOrtho
  • MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates (MDA)
  • McGill University
  • The University of British Columbia
  • The University of Alberta
  • Queen’s University
  • The University of Toronto
  • Rotman Research Institute
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • McMaster University
  • Oxford University
  • RIKEN (Japan)
  • MIT