7 Tesla MRI Scanner

at Campus Biotech

It’s official!

The Human Neuroscience Platform (HNP) is excited to announce the arrival of a brand new Ultra-High-Field MRI Scanner at Campus Biotech next year.


We expect the new 7 Tesla MRI scanner – a Siemens Healthineers MAGNETOM Terra – to be fully operational in the summer 2022.

Future implantation site of the 7T MRI scanner at Campus Biotech, Geneva.

Why the need for 7 Tesla?

Compared to conventional MRI, 7 Tesla MRI enables a significant boost in signal that can be used in order to improve image coverage, temporal and/or spatial resolution, or a combination of these.

While structural MRI will exhibit finer details and/or reduced acquisition time, functional MRI will also benefit from an additional boost due to the increased contrast based on blood oxygenation (BOLD) at high field.

All of these options will positively impact the already extremely fruitful neuroscience research happening at Campus Biotech, and open new directions for the Swiss MRI community.

Gain in structural details derived from high resolution MRI of the brain at 7 Tesla, from Federau, C., & Gallichan, D. (2016). Motion-Correction Enabled Ultra-High Resolution In-Vivo 7T-MRI of the Brain. Plos One, 11(5), e0154974. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154974

The Siemens Healthineers MAGNETOM Terra

The scanner itself, a Siemens Healthineers 7 Tesla MAGNETOM Terra system, will be a state-of-the-art new-generation ultra-high field system. This MRI will enable both single-channel clinical mode dedicated to neuro and orthopaedic applications, as well as a research mode capable of unleashing the latest technological breakthroughs developed by our local scientists, Siemens Healthineers on-site scientists and the whole UHF MRI community.

Our system will be equipped form the start with parallel transmit capabilities, several MR coils dedicated to clinical and research use, and the latest hardware and software developments from Siemens Healthineers, such as metabolic imaging, quantitative imaging or compressed sensing.

Please find more information on the Siemens Healthineers MAGNETOM Terra system here: https://www.siemens-healthineers.com/magnetic-resonance-imaging/7t-mri-scanner/magnetom-terra

Various examples of MR images acquired using a Siemens Healthineers MAGNETOM Terra system (Susceptibility Weighted Imaging,  Sodium MRI, Structural MRI, Angiography). All credits to Siemens Healthineers, Erlangen, Germany.

Expanding the MRI facility

The New 7T MRI Scanner will be fully integrated into the existing MRI facility of the FCBG Human Neuroscience Platform (HNP) located at Campus Biotech. Much like its neighbour – the very busy 3T Siemens Healthineers MAGNETOM Prisma system, it will be accessible to all users from academic or clinical background, but also companies and start-ups.

You can contact mri@fcbg.ch for more information on the future 7T MRI study costs.

Current 3T MRI system, MRI facility, Human Neuroscience Platform, Campus Biotech.

A very collaborative environment

This project is the exciting result of a lemanic collaboration between the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM), the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Fondation Campus Biotech Geneva (FCBG).

Based on the very successful organization already setup in Bern and Zurich, a local team of Siemens Healthineers will be located right at Campus Biotech. Working in close collaboration with the CIBM researchers, neuroscientists and clinicians, they will help us unlock the full potential of Ultra-High-Field MRI and further extend our capabilities. A strong collaboration with HUG is foreseen in order to develop 7 Tesla MRI technology dedicated to clinical care.

Stay tuned for future news regarding

the 7T MRI installation in summer 2022!