Siemens TIM Trio 3T MRI Scanner

The Siemens TIM Trio 3T MRI Scanner

Equipped with multinuclear and composite gradient capabilities, the Siemens 3T has an actively-shielded water-cooled high-performance gradient system (45 mT/m amplitude, 200 T/m/s slew rate), 32 high-speed RF receiver channels and RF body coil, head coil and several coils of variable numbers of elements designed for specific body parts. Custom coils for unique geometries can be designed and fabricated in the coil development lab.

Pulse Sequences

These systems are also equipped with pulse sequences and appropriate software for spectroscopy, functional MRI, diffusion tensor MRI and other high end imaging capabilities. A user friendly yet highly flexible pulse sequence development platform is also included to allow research and development in novel techniques. Several UCAIR scientists (3 faculty, several research associates, and at least 7 current students) have become proficient on the Siemens IDEA/ICE pulse sequence development environment and may be approached for collaborative studies.

Multiple Transmit/Multiple Gradient

The research MRI scanner is also equipped with the Siemens transmit TIM capability that provides the control lines for an extra RF transmit channel and 3 additional gradient control channels. We are the first Siemens site to install a complete set of additional gradient amplifiers allowing simultaneous, independent operation of two separate gradient systems.

Broad Band - Multi-Nuclear

The scanner is equipped with broad-band RF capabilities allowing imaging of other nuclei beside protons. We have developed the electronics and RF coils for sodium, phosphorus (31P) and fluorine (19F) imaging and spectroscopy.

Real-time Offline Reconstruction and Processing

The research MRI scanner is also equipped with a Quantum TXR410-192N dual quad-core CPUs with two Nvidia Tesla GPUs for offline image reconstruction and processing. The ICE (image calculation environment) pipeline is configured to pass measurement data dynamically to the offline processor. Fast image segmentation can then be performed on the system and made available during procedures.

Contact Us

Imaging and Neurosciences (INC) Building

729 Arapeen Drive

Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1217

Henry Buswell

Phone: (801) 587-9874

Email: henry.buswell@hsc.utah.edu