The Regional Core Facility in Translational MRI Neuroimaging

Location: The Core Facility MRI Neuroimaging is located at the Division for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine,  Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål, building 7, 3rd floor, NMR3.

The head of the Core Facility is Mona K Beyer MD, PhD;

The Core Facility was established in 2010 with funding from The South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst).

The overall aim of the CF is to provide state-of-the-art MRI research service in brain disorders, including frontline MRI equipment, a common protocol for large scale data collection, and the latest analytical tools for quantitative and qualitative image analysis. 

The CF provides extensive services for neuroresearchers from the entire region within the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority.  There are also several ongoing national and international multicentre collaborations and research projects at the facility. 

Specific aims are:

  1. Implement new brain imaging methods at the CF’s MRI scanner
  2. Extend the CF brain imaging register with brain images from routine clinical scans  
  3. Provide technical and administrative support for MRI brain imaging research, including design, acquisition, processing, quality assurance, analysis and interpretation of structural and functional MRI data such as fMRI, DTI and spectroscopy
  4. Provide new technology with potential for innovation through a research agreement with General Electric (GE)
  5. Transfer and support MRI methods to regional hospitals

For more details, see About us

We either charge a fee for each scan– usually short term project, but for most long term projects we negotiate a price depending on the needs of each project (prices starting from 2000 NOK per scan).

Contact: If you want to start a research project at the Core Facility or have any questions, please contact:

Frode A. Tuvnes (research coordinator):
Lisa J. Kjønigsen (research engineer):


News & Events:

2018 National workshop in RSI and microstructure/diffusion MRI

Nov 2017 The number of patients included in The Brain Imaging Register has now passed 1400 included.

Sept 2017 Seminar: MR and CT in brain diseases – in research and in the clinic.
w/Maria A. Rocca (invited international speaker, researcher Multiple Sclerosis, Milan, Italy)

Mar 2017 New body coil was installed and a pilot study for differentiating muscle/fat started up.  

Oct 2016       Synergy meeting at Gardermoen, October 18.:  “Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and detection of GABA with MEGA-PRESS”.  If you would like to participate, send an e-mail to

Sept 2016     Presentation of the Core Facility at a meeting for neuroscientists at Refsnes gods in Moss.

Sept 2016    MEGA-PRESS spectroscopy for detection of GABA will be installed at the site and made available for research projects.

Aug 2016     The number of patients included in The Brain Imaging Register has now passed 1000 included.

May 2016    Research on ticks and neuroborrelioses. National study with MR-data from the Core Facility included.
Read the article in Dagens Medisin (in Norwegian)   
Read the article in Aftenposten (in Norwegian)

Nov 2015    Seminar marking the official re-opening of the MR-facilities after the upgrade

May 2015    New standard research protocol in place

Jan 2015     Synergy meeting at OUS with GE Healthcare, and University of Bergen/Helse Bergen, Haukeland

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