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The Cornell Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility (CMRIF) is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to scientific research and is equipped with a GE Discovery MR750 3T whole-body MRI scanner. It is a university-wide resource located on ground floor of Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. It provides noninvasive imaging with high signal-to-noise ratio and spatial resolution for anatomic and functional investigations of a wide range of specimens including humans, large animals, plants and biomedical materials. MRI offers rich tissue contrasts without using ionizing radiation, making it ideally suited for various scientific studies including neuroscience, behavior science, biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, plant physiology, and basic physics and engineering.


The mission of the CMRIF is to enable in vivo noninvasive anatomic and functional imaging investigation of various subjects including humans, large animals, plants, and biomaterials and to enhance Cornell’s competitiveness in developing and maintaining research programs related to imaging. This will be achieved through supporting high-quality published research and research grants.

We aim to develop innovative MRI technology for fundamental morphologic and physiologic studies and make MRI technology available to the academic scientific community. Our MRI technology development areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Reconstruction methods for fast imaging including application in capturing dynamic processes such as brain activation and other physiological processes
  • Susceptibility imaging methods for identifying and quantifying magnetic biomarkers
  • Perfusion imaging methods for investigating tissue vascular environment
  • Relaxation spectroscopy methods for mapping tissue chemical environment
  • Motion compensation methods to make MRI techniques robust.

We aim to use MRI technology to benefit various scientific investigations at Cornell, in Upper New York and nationwide. Our MRI applications include, but are not limited to:

  • Neurosciences
  • Behavior sciences
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Animal sciences
  • Plant sciences
  • Tissue engineering
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Drug delivery


The Cornell Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility (CMRIF) was established with generous support from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources and the State of New York. CMRIF operations are supported by user fees and funding from the Cornell University Office of the Vice Provost, the College of Human Ecology, and the other participating colleges.

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