Office of Research

Diagnostic Imaging Sciences Center


Magnetic Resonance (MR) overcomes the limitations of imaging methods such as CT and x-ray imaging that are based solely on the measurement of attenuation of x-rays as they pass through tissues, which only provide gray scale structural images of the body. MRI has multidimensional capabilities that are ever expanding. For example, in addition to providing gray scale anatomic images, MRI allows scientists to Quantitatively measure the speed of blood flowing through an artery, observe the rate and direction of diffusion of water molecules through brain tissue, measure the concentration of tissue metabolites in ivo, and monitor brain function during the performance of a specific task.

These exciting new methods are allowing scientists to non-invasively probe the inner workings of the human body in more detail than was ever possible before. Moreover, the potential for future growth in the capabilities of MRI and the beneficial effects on science and medicine is seemingly endless.

The University of Washington Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratory has been providing access to state-of-the-art MR systems and technical expertise for more than a decade to scientists throughout the UW campus and has on-going research collaborations with many other scientific centers throughout the world. It serves as a major site for medical research, for the development of new technology, and for teaching. The laboratory is comprised of more than 25 research personnel that include physicists, physicians, biochemists, bioengineers, research technicians, and senior research fellows. In addition, it supports projects with affiliate researchers from more than 15 departments across the university campus including the departments of bioengineering, education, music, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitation medicine, and speech and hearing sciences. The laboratory continues to extend collaboration and support to aid in research throughout the UW Medicine community and throughout the world in order to increase scientific understanding and to promote the quality of health care.

Funding Information:

National Institutes of Health (NIH): 90%.
Research Royalty Fund (RRF): 0.3%.
Private Institutes and Foundations: 9%.
Other Government Sources (e.g. NASA, NSF): 0.7%.

Center Details

Director: Maravilla, Kenneth R
Administering College/School: School of Medicine 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Radiology