Imaging Methods, Scheduling, & Rates


Advanced MRI and MRS techniques in our system include a wide variety of non-invasive morphological, physiological, and biochemical and spectroscopic measures of small animals.
Imaging methods include

  1. Relaxometric measurements (T1, T2 and T2* mapping) for contrast agent development.
  2. Quantitative diffusion mapping (DWI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) for tumor studies.
  3. Quantization of vascular leakiness and permeability of tissue (tumors) using MRI contrast agents.
  4. Spectroscopic imaging 2D CSI (chemical shift imaging) of 1H metabolites to monitor cellular response to therapy.
  5. 1H Single voxel spectroscopic measurements using PRESS/STEAM/LASER methods for metabolites measurements.
  6. BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent contrast) measurements for animal fMRI studies.


Please use the following website to find and reserve a time slot.

If you are interested in initiating a new project and working opportunities, then please contact Dr. Khan Hekmatyar, Senior MRI Scientist, at or via phone (404-413-3596).

ATIF reserves the right to fulfill requests depending on the availability of staff and the status of the scanner.

Requesting Scan Time:
All scan times must be requested at least two working days in advance.
All scan times are on a first come, first served basis. Please consult the ATIF calendar (under construction) for availability.
All lab personnel who enter the ATIF lab must complete the appropriate safety training.

Current Rates for Usage of Imaging System

  1. Work Time Scanner Access:
    • The work time scanner access base rate is $100/scanner hour or $500/6hr or $600/8hr. This base rate (generally known as the “run your own scans” rate) applies to research groups that conduct their own MRI scanning and facilitate collaborative efforts. The operator’s help is $50/hr.

MRI Pilot Funding:

Seed grant MRI funding may be available for investigators with new projects.
Please click here to download the form and contact us to discuss project feasibility, details, and applicable rates, prior to submission.


Details forthcoming.