• Preclinical MRI Center at Charité

    PMC Charitè

    MRI from 2D in vitro to 4D multi-modal in vivo

    The Preclinical MRI Center (PMC) at the Charité – Virchow Campus provides state-of-the-art MRI services for preclinical models. Set up as a Charité “Shared Facility”, the PMC covers all steps necessary to include MRI phenotyping in prelclinical studies. Located on the same floor as the Berlin Experimental Radionuclide Imaging Center (BERIC) of the Charité, multi-modal imaging studies can be performed combining high-resolution MRI with last-generation PET and SPECT imaging. The PMC hosts a last-generation dedicated small-animal MRI system (MRsolutions MRS3017), equipped with high-performance gradient systems allowing for advanced acquisition strategies. Operating at translational field strength (3 Tesla) in a „desktop MRI“ design, the system provides similar contrast characteristics as clinical MR systems allowing for direct comparisons between clinical and preclinical imaging findings. With a full range of coils and state-of-the-art gating and monitoring devices, all body regions of both mice and rats can be studied including a wide range of cardiac applications.

    Services of PMC include

    • Implementation of preclinical studies
    • Support with study design and study applications
    • Administrative and organizational support regarding animal housing and animal care
    • Models of myocardial ischemia/ reperfusion, myocardial inflammation (EAM), pressure-induced heart failure (TAC)
    • Adaptation and optimization of tailored MR acquisition strategies
    • MR scanning
    • Data handling
    • Data analysis


    • 3T Small animal-MRI-System (MRsolutions MRS3017)
    • 1H - Mouse Body Coil
    • 1H - Mouse Cardiac Coil
    • 1H - Mouse Head Coil
    • 1H - Rat Body Coil
    • 1H - Rat Cardiac Coil
    • 1H - Rat Head Coil
    • Xenon-Proton – Rat Body Coil
    • Animal beds including inhalation anaesthesia and temperature control
    • Small Animal Monitoring System (SA Instruments, Inc.) to record temperature, heart beat and breathing frequency, as well as for ECG and breathing-triggered imaging aqusitions
    • Isofluran- anaesthesia system


    Charité – Universitätsmedizin Campus Virchow-Klinikum
    PD Dr. Daniel Messroghli und Dr. Sarah Jeuthe
    Klinik für Innere Medizin mit Schwerpunkt Kardiologie
    Augustenburger Platz 1
    13353 Berlin

    Mail: pmc@charite.de
    Fon: +49 30 4593 1825

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