Research at LiMRIC

Human research in vivo using magnetic resonance techniques

LiMRIC carries out human research in vivo using magnetic resonance technologies, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).

LiMRIC is part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences of the University of Liverpool, managed as a facility for collaborative research in the Faculty's Technology Dirctorate.

LiMRIC is in the process of upgrading our scanning facilities, with the installation (March 2017) of a Siemens 3.0T Prisma state of the art instrument - further details to follow.

All MR techniques use the physics of nuclear spin to acquire spatially and chemically resolved information which report, as the particular technique is designed, on either the gross or micro-anatomy and physical properties of tissues, on the physiology of arterial perfusion, fluid and gas diffusion, oxygen supply and use and metabolic and physiological function. The specificity lies in the particular application of the basic physics. Fundamental issues common to these techniques are the acquisition, storage and quantitation of spatially and temporally resolved datasets; maximum exploitation of multimodal approaches involves co-registration and correlation with datasets acquired using different techniques, instruments and software. This is particularly important in clinical research in which diagnostic modalities and research methodologies are combined.