Contact Information

Primary Contact

Brenda Klaunberg
Program Director


Building 10, Room B1D69
Bethesda, MD 20850


The MIF was established as a pilot project to provide the NIH intramural community access to modern radiological imaging methods optimized for studying mice (and other animals) and to advance state-of-the-art small animal imaging. The MIF is supported by all Institutes at the NIH and reports to the Shared Resources Subcommittee (SRS) of the Scientific Directors. Administratively, the MIF resides within NINDS and is physically located in the NIH MRI Research Center (NMRC) in Building 10.

Established Technologies

MIF provides intellectual, technical, and material support for investigators using the MIF imaging facilities. MIF preclinical imaging resources include magnetic resonance imaging, micro-computed tomography, high-frequency ultrasound with photoacoustic imaging, and optical bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging. MIF does NOT have PET imaging or an irradiator.

Resources include:
  • 9.4T Animal MRI System, includes cryoprobe option
  • 7T/20cm Animal MRI System
  • 4.7T/40cm Animal MRI System
  • 14T Vertical MRI Microimaging System
  • Micro CT Imaging: in-vivo and ex-vivo
  • Bioluminescence/Fluorescence Imaging
  • High-Frequency Ultrasound with Photoacoustic Imaging
  • DEXA Body Composition scanner
Services not offered:
  • PET imaging
  • Microscopy / Histology
  • Two-photon imaging
  • Laser capture microdissection


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