Danish National 7 Tesla MR Project

7T log finalThe national 7-tesla MRI scanner was installed after generous donations from the John and Birthe Meyer Foundation and the Danish Research Councils. This scanner is the most powerful and the only one of its kind in Denmark, and is officially in use since 2016. The scanner is dedicated for research only.

THE AIM:

The aim of the Danish National 7 Tesla Project is to provide a state-of-the-art facility for cutting edge imaging research open to all researchers in Denmark. The installed 7 tesla ultra-high field human MR scanner is equipped with the latest hardware and it will keep Denmark in a leading position within imaging research. This setup foster close collaborations across centers, both nationally and internationally and the good synergy will therefore ensure a fast progress, not only within imaging sciences but also in basic science and clinical research.

THE SCANNER:

The installed Philips Achieva 7.0 T is an actively shielded magnet. It is ideal for very high-resolution functional and structural imaging at submillimeter isotropic resolutions not possible on the clinical scanners. The ultra-high field also result in a significant improvement of spectroscopy, which is used to measure the metabolic status of the tissue.

7t scanner

THE ORGANIZATION OF THE DANISH NATIONAL 7 TESLA PROJECT:

The national 7 tesla scanner is located at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen. A steering committee oversee the scientific content and progress of the facility and an executive committee coordinate and quality ensure the proposed 7T projects according to the guidelines set by the steering committee.

HOW TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON 7T:

The study activities on the 7 tesla MRI are coordinated by the executive committee of the Danish National 7 Tesla MR Project. In addition, the 7T system is not CE labelled; consequently, approval from not only the local ethical committee but also the Danish Medicines Agency is required in order to conduct human studies on the system. Therefore, to get started with a project as a Principal Investigator at one of the Danish education or health institutions, you need to follow a series of steps:

How to conduct a study on 7T

Steering Committee

Jørgen Frøkiær, Chair

Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Aarhus, Denmark


Hartwig Siebner, Vice chair

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark


Else Smith, Hospital direction

Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark


Claus Leth Petersen, Head of radiology

Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark


Birte Yding Glenthøj

Center for Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research, Mental Health Services, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark


Gitte Moos Knudsen

Neurobiology Research Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark


Olaf B. Paulson

Neurobiology Research Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark


Henrik Larsson

Functional Imaging Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark


Torben Lund

Department of Clinical Medicine, Center for Funktionelt Integrativ Neurovidenskab, Aarhus, Denmark


Hanne Krarup Christensen

Department of Clinical Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Bispebjerg, Denmark


Carsten Thomsen

Radiology, Køge Hospital, Denmark


Axel Larsen

Department of Psychology, Copenhagen University, Denmark


Lars G. Hanson

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark


Karam Sidaros

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark


Esben Thade Petersen

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark


Freddy Ståhlberg

Swedish National 7T MRI Facility, Medical Radiation Physics, Lund, Sweden


Frederik Stjernfelt

Department of Communication, Aalborg University, Denmark


Jens Bo Nielsen

Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Copenhagen University, Denmark


Kim Brixen

Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark


Jens Brøndum Frøkjær

Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark