The Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC) is committed to the development of cutting-edge techniques that support multi-modal imaging and provides facilities, equipment, and training for a wide variety of research programs. Each BIC modality is supported by dedicated research scientists available to assist with study design, data collection, and data post-processing.

A state-of-the-art Biomedical Imaging Facility

We are a unit of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center traces its heritage to the Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Laboratory founded at the University of Illinois by Professor Paul Lauterbur, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine. We are a state-of-the-art biomedical imaging facility committed to the development of cutting edge techniques which integrate magnetic resonance methods with other imaging techniques, including optical imaging, eye-tracking, EEG and MEG.

COMING SOON: Siemens Terra 7 Tesla (7 T) MRI scanner

Siemens Terra 7 Tesla (7 T) MRI scanner

The University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees has approved siting a Siemens Terra 7 Tesla (7 T) MRI scanner in our community. The scanner will be a partnership with Carle Foundation Hospital.

They join an elite network of sites (currently less than a dozen nationwide) to offer patients access to this technology, the highest magnetic field imaging strength commercially available in the United States approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for brain and knee scans of patients.

The Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC) will conduct University of Illinois research using the scanner, which will be located at Carle Foundation Hospital. The new MRI scanner provides more than double the signal of the existing research scanners at BIC. Research is expected to advance imaging science and improve clinical outcomes.