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Centre for Complex Childhood Diseases

Research MRI Facility

The Research MRI facility at Sickkids provides a wide range of human and animal-model magnetic resonance (MR) imaging capabilities to Toronto-area scientists. Staffed with two full-time research MRI technologists, imaging is performed on both a 1.5 tesla GE Twinspeed and a 3 tesla Siemens Tim Trio system.


Established in 2004 through grant funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Research MRI Facility at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has been providing MRI capabilities to Toronto scientists on a 1.5T GE Excite Twin Speed scanner. In spring 2010 a 3T Siemens Trio scanner was added to the area for imaging research. Use of the facility is available for research projects involving phantoms, animal-models, and human participants – from newborns to adults. The scanner is also available for use by basic science imaging researchers, who are developing new programs, pulse sequence designs and refining techniques. In addition to this, support is available for acquisition of preliminary data to facilitate new grant submissions.


  • conventional anatomical imaging, including whole body imaging
  • functional MRI (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), tractography, arterial spin labeling (ASL) and susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI)
  • phase-contrast flow imaging, contrast-enhanced perfusion quantitation and delayed enhancement imaging
  • spectroscopic imaging (1H and 31P)
  • specialized coils for small field-of-view imaging
  • animal anaesthesia, ventilation and monitoring equipment
  • power injector for contrast-enhanced imaging

Hours of operation:  Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


MRI Technologists
Tammy Rayner tammy.rayner@sickkids.ca and Ruth Weiss ruth.weiss@sickkids.ca

The Hospital for Sick Children, Research MRI
555 University Avenue
Room S725
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8

Telephone:  416-813-7654 ext. 202274 
(1.5T) ext. 202274
(3T) ext. 2228519
Fax:  416-813-5789


Dr. Chris Macgowan, PhD, Facility Manager (christopher.macgowan@sickkids.ca)
Website: Fetal MRI at SickKids

Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL)
686 Bay St., Office 08-9714
Toronto, Ontario M5G 0A4

Telephone: 416-813-8593  (direct dial from within SickKids: 308593)
Fax: 416-813-7362