WSU Small Animal MRI Core is Open for Business

Wayne State's state-of-the-art 7T MRI system can provide non-invasive answers for preclinical, pharmaceutical, and fundamental research questions. Located on in the Elliman Building, the Bruker BioSpec® horizontal bore MRI system is designed for performing preclinical and molecular studies, including localized magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).

Rats and mice are most typically studied by MRI, but other animal species studied have ranged from zebra fish to guinea pigs. Currently, the core is performing studies for PI’s interested in mouse brain function and oxidative stress in the brains of fetuses in utero, retina function and oxidative stress, and prostate cancer in mutant mice. The MRI suite is equipped with a dedicated isoflurane anesthesia system, temperature-controlled platform, cardiac gating, and respiratory gating.

For further information, please see the website or contact Dr. Bruce Berkowitz ( with questions about next-steps in using the MRI core. The Small Animal MRI core team is eager to meet with investigators potentially interested in using the small animal MRI. Please reach out to Dr. Berkowitz via email (undefined [ to indicate your interest to set up an informational meeting for all interested investigators.

Contact info

Julie O'Connor

Director, Research Communications
Phone: 313-577-8845