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MRIOur Melbourne-based imaging facility provides high-end equipment dedicated to research, as well as a broad range of clinical competencies to support this facility. This pioneering facility incorporates a Siemens Prisma 3 Tesla MRI and a Philips Epic echocardiogram machine for cardiac, diabetes and metabolic imaging.

Facilities available to external users

The imaging facility occupies a dedicated research suite, which was opened in 2015 and builds on the Institute's long-standing contributions to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and their complications.

The centrepiece is a state-of-the-art research dedicated Siemens Prisma 3 Tesla MRI. The Prisma scanner, the first in Melbourne, is equipped with a high powered magnet that is able to use short scanning times to produce extremely high resolution images. The Centre provides infrastructure, radiology and clinical support to facilitate research and educational activities using magnetic resonance imaging technology. The facilities are available for Baker Institute researchers and their collaborators, as well as external researchers who wish to use these technologies and services on a user-pays basis.

Located in a premier research precinct

AMREP campusThe facility is co-located in purpose-built facilities alongside the Baker Specialist Clinics, including the diabetes and healthy hearts clinics. These facilities are located close to Baker Institute's scientific laboratories, which form part of one of the leading medical research precincts in Australia, the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct.

These new facilities will support an active MRI research community of medical and public health scientists and their collaborators. Research at the Centre includes studies to: improve our understanding of the role that cardiac fibrosis plays in heart disease, including specific cardiomyopathies such as hypertropic cardiomyopathy; examine the effectiveness of new therapies for heart failure and atrial fibrillation; improve strategies in the prevention of sudden death in heart failure patients; further understand the metabolic role of white and brown fat, and discover how brain signals differ in obesity.

As many of our laboratories require imaging data for their projects, we are often able to offer patients access to Cardiac MRI scanning at a reduced rate. To make an appointment, your GP will need to complete the Cardiac MRI referral form.

For researchers wanting more information about the use of these imaging facilities, please contact:

Associate Professor Andre La Gerche
E: andre.lagerche@baker.edu.au
T: (03) 8532 1143

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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