mMR Laboratory

mMR Scanner (PET/MR)

The mMR scanner is in a suite specially designed for its use. It occupies a space of approximately 700 square feet divided into a room for a cyclotron and its support equipment, a mMR scanner, a control room, uptake room/bathroom and a radiopharmaceutical lab. Appropriate support rooms for patient waiting, reception and changing are available. Three-dimensional image acquisition and reconstruction are available with this device.  


mMR Information and Technical Details


BMC Resources: Technical Scanner & Cyclotron Descriptions


For MRI ONLY studies please follow MRI Flow Chart Outline (radiation safety training is not required)


Scanner Computer

• The mMR has software version VE11E (since 10/28/23).

• For a complete listing of installed software packages please contact the BMC Techs.



▪ Capintec Dose Calibrators

▪ Centrifuge

▪ Endosafe PTS

▪ Gamma Counter

▪ Gas Chromotographer

▪ Hand Warmer

▪ Hot Cell

▪ 15O Water Module

▪ Survey Meters


fMRI Equipment

• Button Response Devices - Current Designs

   1. 1X4 - buttons in a straight row

   2. 2X2 - split boxes, you may use just one box if applicable

• Eye Viewing Camera - MREyes - located at the back of the bore

• Intercoms - Siemens and Optoacoustics

• LCD BOLDscreen 24" (located at the back of the bore)

• Trigger - Current Designs



• Windows 10

• Movies

• Fixations

• MS Office



The mMR (3T) unit has the following coils, which are receive-only

• 16Ch mMR Head/Neck coil = 12 channels head + 4 channels neck (for use with MRI and PET)

• 4Ch Flex Large Coil

• 4Ch Flex Small Coil

• 4Ch Special Purpose Coil

• mMR Body Coil (2) (for use with MRI and PET)

• mMR Spine Coil (for use with MRI and PET)



• Standard Siemens



Adjacent to the mMR scanner suite resides a Siemens-CTI cyclotron. This device (RDS-111) is capable of producing a full spectrum of positron-emitting radioisotopes including: 15O, 13N, 18F and 11C. We currently produce sufficient quantities of oxygen-15 labeled water to perform cerebral PET activation studies. In addition, this includes an on-line continuous synthesis system capable of converting cyclotron-produced 15O into 15O-labeled water, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and oxygen gas for continuous or bolus inhalation or intravenous infusion (water) to the subjects. This system is fully automated and computer controlled thereby severely limiting or eliminating radiation exposure to personnel.


Siemens mmR Brochure