Robarts Research Institute

The Imaging Research Laboratories at Robarts house imaging and engineering equipment required to perform leading edge medical imaging research. All laboratory equipment is utilized and operated in a collaborative manner so that all faculty and students have access to multi-modality research pathways in their research programs. The Robarts 4-Tesla MRI (the first in Canada) was decommissioned in November 2007, to be replaced by a 3-Tesla Siemens whole body imager and a 7-Tesla Varian head system in August 2008. Research equipment includes:

  • 1.5-Tesla GE cardiac-optimized MR whole body imager
  • 3-Tesla Siemens Tim Trio MR whole body imager
  • 3- Tesla GE 750 MR whole body imager
  • 7-Tesla Varian/Siemens human head MRI system
  • 9.4-Tesla 31cm bore Varian animal MR imager with a range of rf coils
  • Low field (up to 0.1T) animal MR imaging system
  • 2 Turn-key helium Helispin polarizer/polarimeter units for respiratory MR imaging
  • C13 Hypersense DNP Polarizer
  • VIDA Diagnostics PW2 Workstation
  • 2 CSCT (coherent scatter computed tomography) units
  • Medtronic “O-arm” portable cone-beam CT scanner
  • GE eXplore Locus Ultra - dynamic slip-ring mounted micro-CT system capable of whole body mouse scans in scans as short as 16 seconds, as well as perfusion and retrospectively gated imaging with a resolution of 180µm
  • GE eXplore Locus Live animal micro-CT scanner capable of regional murine scans with a resolution of 20µm
  • GE eXplore Locus SP - Ex vivo specimen micro-CT scanner capable of an isotropic resolution of 10µm
  • A dynamic micro-CT system capable of 2s whole mouse scans with a resolution of 120µm
  • GE eXplore CT 120 - live animal micro CT scanner capable of gated CT imaging and high throughput 50-100 µm scans
  • 5 Diagnostic ultrasound machines
  • 6 3D ultrasound imaging systems for vascular diseases, prostate and breast cancer research
  • 2 Research enabled Ultrasonix Ultrasound machines.
  • 2 Micro-ultrasound imaging and Doppler blood flow facility with a resolution of 60µm
  • Siemens Neurostar rotational digital angiographic system capable of 4s 3D CT
  • Autostereoscopic 3D display system
  • Stereoscopic Laparoscopic system
  • 3D Histology workstations
  • Optics lab with in vivo confocal and intrinsic signal optical microscopes
  • One 24 and one 64 processor SGI Altix Supercomputers
  • Optical and magnetic tracking equipment and haptic controllers for surgical and therapy guidance
  • Virtual workbenches for surgery and therapy simulation
  • Computer network connecting the IRL to the LHSC and UWO
  • Machine, electronic, RF coil, and gradient coil shops for building equipment prototypes