3T Siemens Prisma

The Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at Florida International University (FIU) is a multidisciplinary research center housed in the FIU Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED). The CIS includes a research-dedicated facility for a 3T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma MRI scanner, installed in August 2016.


The MAGNETOM Prisma is a high-performance 3T MRI magnet with benchmark homogeneity of 1.1ppm at 50cm, higher-order shim, large FOV of 50x50x50 cm3, and zero helium boil-off. The MAGNETOM Prisma was designed to deliver outstanding gradient performance, with 80 mT/m at 200 T/m/s simultaneously. The gradient technology includes ultra-high performance cooling, a force-compensated design for reduced vibrations, with a 60-cm bore and excellent long-term stability and minimized acoustic noise. The MAGNETOM Prisma also includes the Tim 4G integrated coil technology to accommodate a unique 32-channel head/neck coildesigned for maximum signal-to-noise ratio. Beyond these hardware features, the MAGNETOM Prisma includes the most innovative software applications that enable trend-setting applications, including SMS (simultaneous multi-slice; i.e., “multiband imaging”) imaging for echo-planar imaging (EPI) (including both functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)) pulse sequences.

The 3,178-square-foot MRI facility is housed in PG-5 on the FIU Modesto Maidique (Main) Campus. The facility was established as a hub for interdisciplinary neuroscience research and student training on campus. The MRI suite encompasses an MRI exam room (529 sq. ft.), MRI control room (122 sq. ft.), participant changing area (154 sq. ft.), and MRI equipment room (213 sq. ft.). Additional facility rooms include an MRI simulator/mock scanner suite (406 sq. ft.), four private rooms for experimental procedures and behavioral assessment (415 sq. ft.), and a reception area (174 sq. ft). The facility was designed to support an integrated community of investigators at the forefront of imaging science, with an emphasis on functional neuroimaging research.