Imaging facilities are available through the Centre for Advanced Imaging, Herston Imaging Research Facility and Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. Equipment includes whole body scanners, NMR spectrometers and animal imaging. Mass spectrometry imaging is also available.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Molecular Structure Identification - Centre for Advanced Imaging


Comprehensive range of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Molecular Structure Identification, including whole body scanners, several High Resolution NMR spectrometers, solid state and EPR instruments and microimaging and animal imaging systems.


  • Human imaging:
    • 3T MRI scanner
    • 7T MRI scanner
    • Biograph Horizon PET/CT
    • Siemens/Acuson S3000 ultrasound
  • Molecular Imaging:
    • Clinscan MR/PET
    • Inveon PET/CT
    • Biograph Horizon PET/CT
  • Optoacoustic Tomography
  • Mass Spectrometry Imaging
    • Autoradiography
    • Bruker in vivo MS FX Pro optical imaging
  • Pre-clinical, animal imaging:
    • 9.4T MRI preclinical 
    • Avance 16.4T preclinical
    • Clinscan MR/PET
    • Inveon PET/CT
    • Bruker in vivo MS FX Pro optical imaging
  • Cyclotron and Radiochemistry:
    • IBA 18/18MeV cyclotron
  • EPR Spectroscopy and Imaging:
    • Bruker Elexsys E500 CW
    • Bruker Elexsys E580 Pulsed Q-, X-band
    • Bruker Elexsys E540 (X-, L-band) Imaging Scanner
  • Physics support
  • NMR- based metabolomics


Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI)

(07) 3365 4100

Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI)
CAI Building 57, St Lucia campus

Magnetic resonance instrumentation - Herston Imaging Research Facility


The facility is an alliance between four leading university, research and healthcare institutions:

  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • The University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (through the Metro North Hospital and Health Service)


  • 3-T MRI scanner
  • PET/CT machine


Operations Manager

Louise Campbell

Herston Imaging Research Facility

(07) 3646 5820

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH), Herston

Mass spectrometry imaging


Mass Spectrometry Imaging Facility produces the spatial distribution of various analyte classes present in tissue samples. By bringing MSI together with other imaging modalities such as microscopy and MRI, a more holistic picture of biomolecular imaging can be achieved. Within the facility we have a number of MALDI-TOF/TOF systems, and an atmospheric pressure MALDI which can be coupled to QqTOF and QIT analysers. The various system configurations allow us to answer a broad range of experimental questions. HPLC-spotting robot systems are used to facilitate analyte identification by correlating MSI and LC-MALDI from serial tissue sections.


  • Bruker Autoflex Speed (MALDI-TOF/TOF)
  • 2 x Bruker Ultraflex III (MALDI-TOF/TOF)
  • Bruker MicroTOF Q II (QqTOF)
  • Bruker Amazon Speed with ETD (QIT)
  • Masstech AP-MALDI source
  • Dionex HPLC with Probot Spotting Robot
  • Dionex HPLC with Proteineer Spotting Robot
  • Agilent 3100 Offgel
  • Dionex HPLC with Thermo QqQ MS
  • 2 x Bruker Imageprep Systems
  • Basic histology including microtome for MSI sample prep
  • Various software available including Mascot, SCILs Lab, Flex Imaging, ClinProt Tools, Biomap


Doctor Brett Hamilton

Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis

(07) 3365 3505

Level 7, Chemistry Building 68, St Lucia campus

Preclinical imaging unit - Translational Research Institute


The Preclinical Imaging Facility supports translational and basic research programs by providing users access to a variety of high-end in vivo and ex vivo imaging instruments. Located within the TRI's Biological Resources Facility (BRF), a specific pathogen-free PC2 facility, researchers can utilise multiple imaging modalities in a single longitudinal study. High resolution imaging of clinical samples or other materials is also possible on some equipment.


The following equipment is available to UQ users as part of the 'Core Facilities at TRI'.

  • Piximus
  • IVIS  Spectrum Series III optical imaging station
  • Siemens Inveon PET/CT Scanner
  • Faxitron UltraFocus 100 high resolution cabinet X-ray system
  • Visualsonics Vevo LAZR Photoacoustic imaging system


Translational Research Institute (TRI)

Level 1 TRI Building (Building 48), Princess Alexandra Hospital campus

Body Composition and Nutrition Laboratory


The UQ Body Composition and Nutrition Laboratory is the best equipped lab of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The equipment is state of the art with each machine measuring at a Gold Standard level; main parameters include: Lean tissue, Body Cell Mass (BCM), Total Body Potassium (TBK) Resting Energy Expenditure (REE), Body Fat percentage, Total Body Water and Bone Mineral Density (for research purposes only). Each test is available for use for approved research projects. Medicare bulk-billing for children and adolescents is accessible for total body potassium and resting energy expenditure tests. Fee for service options are available to the general public.


  • Whole Body Counter - Total Body Potassium (TBK)
  • Air Displacement Plethysmography (BodPod)
  • Indirect Calorimetry (Resting Energy Expenditure)
  • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA - Body Composition measurements only)
  • Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA)
  • Height (wall-mounted stadiometer)
  • Weight


Rachel Haddow

Centre for Children's Health Research

(07) 3069 7585