Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray Department

This department is part of the institute’s Development Center for X-ray Technology and is located on the campus of the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg, Germany. Our expertise covers the magnetic resonance in life science, material research and non-destructive testing. Our extensive expertise enables us to carry out research and development in biomedical and industrial applications using customized acquisition and analysis methods combined with dedicated in-house developed hardware. By utilizing the complementary  x-ray imaging, we research new non-destructive testing methods that provide volumetric images and also their application to biomaterials.

Fields of activity

  • Combined volumetric MR and X-ray imaging research
  • Development and adaption of small and mobile MR units to suit new fields of applications
  • MR safety and conformity testing of medical devices and relevant accessories
  • Further development of function and speed of clinical MRI
  • Further development of low- and high-field MRI
  • Characterization of new MR contrast media
  • Research into molecular and cellular MRI
  • MR data analysis

Fields of application

  • Specialization and miniaturization of detection systems
  • Characterization and identification of materials (plastic, silicone, adhesive)
  • Parallel imaging and compressed sensing (high speed and high resolution)
  • Automation of data acquisition and analysis
  • Process and quality control; deviation management
  • Time-resolved moisture distribution; curing processes
  • Development of low-field MR units and equipment
  • Diagnostics and phenotyping

Technical equipment

We have access to a wide range of MR equipment with the following magnetic field strengths (Tesla):

  • Dedicated mobile tabletop MR units, e.g. 0.5 T Pure Devices (for sample diameters of up to 1 cm)
  • 1.5 T Siemens Avanto (for sample diameters of up to 60 cm)
  • 3.0 T Siemens Skyra (for sample diameters of up to 70 cm)
  • 7.0 T Bruker Biospec (for sample diameters of up to 7.2 cm)
  • 11.7 T Bruker Avance 500 (for sample diameters of up to 2.0 cm)
  • 17.6 T Bruker Avance 750 WB (for sample diameters of up to 3.8 cm)