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The Baker Institute's 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.

We have 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. We have a collaborative history with various clinical and investigator-led trials, including measuring core-lab data.

Our MRI supports an active research community of medical and public health scientists and their collaborators. Our research includes studies to: examine cardiac changes in athletes and cancer survivors, improve our understanding of the role that cardiac fibrosis plays in heart disease, including in patients living with obesity and diabetes, examine the effectiveness of new therapies for heart failure and atrial fibrillation; improve strategies in the prevention of sudden death in heart failure patients 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. To make an appointment, your cardiologist will need to complete the Cardiac MRI referral form.

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

Dr Sarah Gutman
E: sarah.gutman@baker.edu.au
T: (03) 8532 1302

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