Here, you can find information for both current and potential users of the Kirby Center. We have many different facilities, including two 3T MRI systems and a 7T MRI system. Resources are in place to assist researchers in utilizing our four main technology research development areas, namely fMRI, MRS and MRI, DTI, and Computational Functional Anatomy. Assistance is available to guide and train users in the planning and implementation of neurological studies.

Getting Started: Securing Approval and Funding for Scanning
To begin, please view the information and application procedures for researchers interested in using the resources offered by the Kirby Center.

Training Services
We offer technical training for the MR System and its ancillary equipment, classes, seminars, events, and advice on how to plan a functional brain study.

Scheduling Manual
This manual explains details about using our scheduling system.

Authorized users may view the scanner schedule and allocate scanner time for their studies.

Scanner Specifications
A detailed list for our Philips Gyroscan MR Scanners.

Scanner Performance Data
We regularly measure the quality of our scanners by testing the stability with a 15-minute gradient-echo EPI scan on a sphere phantom.

Useful Software
We develop and use several software packages, including fMRI paradigm and analysis tools, CSX/IMAX analysis, DICOM and REC utilities, DTI processing software, and computational anatomy algorithms.

Rates for Kirby Center Scanning

When applying for grants, please use the below rate* table. These rates reflect a fair estimate of inflation. As such, they are subject to change, but changes need to be approved by the Protocol Review Committee (PRC). Please notice that for existing subcontracts with older rates, the Kirby Center will apply the rates according to the table. However, if the investigator depletes all funds designated in the existing subcontract, a request to fund the remainder of the study can be made to the PRC. 

Calendar Year 3T Per Hour 7T Per Hour
2015 $645 $795
2016 $645 $795
2017 $645 $795
2018 $660 $810
2019 $660 $810
2020 $675 $825
2021 $700 $840
2022 $700 $855
2023 $715 $870
2024 $730 $885
2025 $745 $900
2026 $760 $915
2027 $775 $930
2028 $790 $945

Special rates are available for pre-reserved slots (these need to be requested from the PRC, and prepaid). Also, development time (pulse sequences and other technology implementation) is 1/2 the rate.