Functional Magnetic Resonance Service

The Unit of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance (MR) equipment and scientific advice in MR to public and private research institutions.

The facility was created in 2011 as a central service in the Instituto de Neurociencias (CSIC/UMH). The service has a Bruker BioSpec 7Tesla (30 cm internal diameter) fully equipped to perform in vivo and ex vivo MR Imaging and Spectroscopy. The service is equipped with volume coils for rodent whole body imaging and single voxel spectroscopy. Also it has a special set up for brain imaging using a phase array coil, optimized for functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).

The Unit of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides necessary instrumentation to anesthetize the animals using inhalation or injectable anesthesia. Equipment for non-invasive and fully MR-compatible physiology monitoring during imaging acquisition is also available, including body temperature, arterial pressure, heart and breath rate and oxygen saturation. A 4 channel electric stimulation device for stimulation-driven fMRI is available. Additional equipment to perform surgery and artificial ventilation could be provided upon request.

Other activities

The service of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging organizes and participates in events related to formation and divulgation of the technique. For that, general talks are organized periodically about security, basics of magnetic resonance theory and applications. Personalized courses could be also arranged under specific request.

Also, the service is integrated in the general activities organized by the Neuroscience Institute including visits of students, week of science, Brain Awareness Week, open doors journeys, seminars, etc.

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Scientific responsible:
Dr. Santiago Canals Gamoneda
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Technical responsible:
Luis Tuset Sanchís” >
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Listado de servicios ofertados

MR fares have been calculated according to the different items to be defrayed by different types of user:

  • Internal users. Service maintenance and consumables will be defrayed. Staff Researchers from CSIC and UMH will be considered as internal users.
  • Users from other Public Research Institutions (OPIs). Rates are calculated according to costs of Service maintenance, consumables and the estimated cost of equipment repairs.
  • Companies and private institutions. They will be charged according to market prices, and in any case, rates will be estimated to real costs (including expenses of staff involved in the studies).

Table 1. Price list

Type of user Items to cover €/h
(working hours)
Overnight Weekends
Maintenance and
31 100 150
OPIs Maintenance, consumables
and repairs
65 200 250
Companies and
private institutions
Maintenance, consumables,
repairs and staff
150 300 400

Animal studies will be charge with additional 10€/h in anesthesia.

For those studies that require long time acquisition and no requirement for continuous supervision (more than 10h, as with phantoms and other non-living samples), special prices will be applied, as depicted in the Price list (table 1, ‘Overnight’ and ‘Weekends’).

If image processing or analysis is required, the same rates (€/h) will be applied depending on the time consumed in the process.

The unit will also provide technical and scientific consulting, as well as software development for special applications, upon demand.

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fMRI Service
Instituto de Neurociencias
Universidad Miguel Hernández – CSIC
Campus de San Juan
Sant Joan d’Alacant
Alicante | España

Tel. + 34 965 23 37 00
(ext. service 9223)
Fax + 34 965 91 95 61

Santiago Canals, »
Luis Tuset, »