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.

Siemens Terra 7 Tesla MRI scanner at the Carle Illinois Advanced Imaging Center

Siemens Terra 7 Tesla  MRI scanner

Carle Foundation and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign launched a first-of-its-kind partnership in 2019. One result: The purchase of a Siemens MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla MRI scanner, and the creation of the Carle Illinois Advanced Imaging Center.

Carle and the University of Illinois both use its research capabilities with the scanner’s dual-mode functionality, which enables users to switch between clinical and research tasks, while storing clinical and research images on different databases. “Working together, the two organizations conduct research at the frontiers of modern neuroscience — discovering new properties of the human brain,” said Tracey Wszalek, the director of the Beckman Biomedical Imaging Center and co-director of the CIAIC.

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