The Small Animal MRI Core Facility is funded and operated under the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC). Our facility provides a wide variety of small animal MRI services to investigators within or outside UNC.

The Bruker 9.4T horizontal bore scanner is one of the MRI systems within UNC BRIC service cores dedicated for small animal studies. The higher sensitivity produces greater spatial and/or temporal resolution from the 9.4T magnet, and is critical for in vivo animal imaging. The Bruker Biospec 9.4T/30-cm horizontal bore animal MRI system is a shared instrumentation originally funded to UNC BRIC by NIH S10 RR019924. A brand new Bruker Biospec 9.4T/20-cm horizontal bore animal MRI system with a 4-ch rat brain cryoprobe will be installed in 2021, supported by NIH S10 OD026796 and NC Biotech.


[3/18/2020] The Small Animal MRI Core remains open and will continue to serve studies as scheduled. In the meantime, we are monitoring the COVID-19 condition closely and will evaluate the feasibility of accepting new study requests on a case by case basis. Please feel free to contact us at should you have any questions.