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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Facility

Resources at the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Facility are available to any interested users having any level of previous experience, from none to advanced.  New users are highly encouraged to work with the MRIF staff to develop an effective research strategy:  from initial experimental design, to operational procedures, to data acquisition and preprocessing.

Complete the online application to become a user of this and other ASRC facilities.

Facility Details

The MRIF houses a Siemens 3 Tesla Prisma MRI Scanner equipped with a variety of RF coils:  20, 32, and 64 channel head/neck receivers, total spine RF coil integrated into the table, 3 flex coils for arm, leg, or chest imaging, and a body coil for whole body imaging.

In addition, there are several ancillary equipment:

Separate computers connect to the EEG, physiological monitoring sensors, eye tracker, and AudioVisual stimulus.  The stimulus computer has installed several common fMRI software such as Pyschtoolbox-3, PsychoPy2, Presentation, Eprime, and SuperLab 5.0.

All studies involving human subjects must comply with CUNY HRPP Policies and Procedures. Information can be found on the HRPP website, including approved screening forms and required IRB protocol language.

Bonus Hours

CUNY PIs will receive 10 percent of their billed hours as “bonus” hours. These can be used to offset fees for cancelled scans, reserve time for technical development or pilot scans, and to reserve time for ongoing approved MRI studies.  Bonus hours must be used by July 1st of each year, after which point each PI’s total bonus hours are reset to zero.

Cancelled Scans

Scans cancelled within 3 days of the reserved time are subject to a $100 fee per hour of reserved time.


Billing cycles begin at the 1st of each month and end on the last day of that month. MRI bills for the previous month are due one month after the PI or their designated personnel receive the MRI invoices.  Accounts delinquent more than 3 months will result in suspension of scanning privileges until account balances are resolved.

Hours of Operation

Regular hours of operation for the MRI Facility are 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If access to the MRI scanner is desired outside of those hours, please contact Dr. Shereen ( Part-time MRI technologists are often available during evenings and weekends per request. Note, users do not have access to the control room, MRI scanner room, or equipment room without MRI staff present.

MRI User Levels

Level 0
The user has not taken or passed the safety exam. The user may enter the scanner control and bay rooms only with an MRI staff member.

Level 1—Safety Trained
The user has passed the safety exam. The user may enter the scanner control and bay rooms independent of an MRI staff member. However, an MRI staff member must be in the Facility.

Level 2—Operator Trained
The user has passed the safety exam and operator practical exam. Level 1 users typically spend time shadowing an MRI operator and then get hands on experience running the scanner under the supervision of an operator until the user and MRI staff feel the user is ready to scan independently. At this point, the user takes a practical examination. Passing the exam allows the Level 2 user to run the MRI independently. However, at least one other person that is Level 1 certified or above must also be in the scanner control or bay room when scanning subjects. Level 2 users may only enter the control room, MRI bay room, or equipment room when MRI staff are in the Facility.

Level 3—Superuser
Level 2 users who have substantial experience, knowledge of the scanner, MR safety, and emergency procedures at the ASRC MRI Facility may, under special circumstances and under the sole discretion of the MRI Facility Executive Committee, be granted access to the Facility’s control room, MRI bay room, and equipment room when MRI staff are not present. Typically such a user will have at least spent hundreds of hours scanning at Level 2 or equivalent for several years.

Downloadable Proposal Templates

  1. Unfunded Study Proposal (CUNY faculty only)
  2. Funded Study Proposal

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