Research Imaging NSW

Research Imaging NSW (RINSW): State-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Randwick Precinct

COVID-19 Update

We are currently fully operational and our research staff are on-site to assist with your experiments and answer your inquiries. 
Please check back to this website for updates on our operational schedule.  


Research Imaging NSW (RINSW) is a strategic initiative developed in partnership between UNSW and South East Sydney Local Health District to provide researchers with state-of-the-art MR imaging capabilities, and increase collaboration between leading academic, research and health care institutions, including the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women. The fully integrated clinical setting at the Prince of Wales Hospital supports basic through to translational and clinical research in patients/participant cohorts from neonates to centenarians.

The facility comprises of two 3T MRI systems, the Siemens MAGNETOM Vida and MAGNETOM Prisma, in a newly refurbished purpose-designed space in the Prince of Wales Hospital. The Vida was installed and commissioned in late 2018 and is available to take bookings. The Prisma is now operational and available to take bookings as of September 2020.

If you are interested in accessing the facility please contact us via:

General enquiries email:

Or submit a: Project Application Form

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Location:  Level 1, Building 3, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick NSW 2031.

News and Events
Meet our Director A/Prof Claudia Hillenbrand and our MR Physicist Dr Ralf Loeffler for Research Imaging NSW.

A/Prof Claudia Hillenbrand can be contacted at if you wish to discuss research projects and future collaborations with the facility.

A Siemens Clinical Scientist has also joined the team recently and will be providing expertise to Research Imaging NSW.
  • Our friendly team of Director, MR Physicist, Siemens Scientist and Radiographers at Research Imaging NSW
  • Radiographer adjusting the knee coil on a patient
  • An integrated clinical setting in the Research Imaging NSW facility
  • The Siemens Magnetom 3T Vida scanner

RINSW has capabilities to assist researchers in sequence design, testing and implementation onto the facility's systems. An expert team of technical and scientific support staff comprised of Radiologists, Radiographers, MR Physicist and Siemens Clinical Scientist are available for advice and training.

The 3T MRI systems at RINSW are:

  • The Siemens MAGNETOM Vida is a 70 cm bore magnet design with a 60 mT and 200 T/m/s slew rate gradient system. It is equipped with a 64 channel head coil, 60 channel body coil and high density MSK coils enabling high end neuro, cardiac, body and musculoskeletal imaging. Cutting edge sequences enabling fMRI, DTI, perfusion, diffusion, asl, single breath hold cardiac and body imaging, T1 and T2 mapping, vascular imaging and Radiotherapy MR are also available. The facility has recently purchased the Cambridge Research Systems BOLDscreen 32" LCD display and Lumina response pads for fMRI studies.

  • The Siemens 3T Magnetom Prisma is a 60 cm bore magnet design with 80mT/m gradients and a maximum slew rate of 200 T/m/s. It is equipped with a 64 channel head/ neck coil, 32 channel spine and 18 channel body coils for neuro, cardiac, body and musculoskeletal imaging. It also has sequencing capabilities for fMRI, DTI, contrast‐ and arterial spin labelling based perfusion,diffusion, cardiac and body imaging, T1 and T2 mapping, vascular imaging. Elastography hardware and software, Cambridge Research Systems BOLDscreen 32" LCD display and Lumina response pads for fMRI studies, Contrast injector, Physiology monitoring and recording, cardiac and respiratory gating are also available. 

Fee and Cancellation Policy


For publicly funded research, the fee of $725 / hour* is applicable with the following conditions:

Price inclusions:

• Use of facility’s core equipment**
• Data transfer
• Medical supervision, including Duty of Care reporting
• Reasonable*** amount of training by facility staff on set up and use of core equipment and data analysis
• Training on safety aspects relating to the operation of core equipment (users are required to complete MR safety training prior to using the facility)
• Use of facility amenities for preparation and wind-down time (e.g. preparing the participant)
• Use of interview room (if available and booked prior)

Users are responsible for leaving the equipment in default settings and correct working order for the next user.
No charges apply to enquiries / initial consultation with facility staff on the feasibility of research projects.
Charges for pilot scans will be decided on a case by case basis. Up to 2 hours of pilot scanning for a given project will not be charged. No charges will apply to set up of standard protocols. More extensive method development specific to a research project will be charged.
Use of contrast agents, nursing support, general anaesthesia and sedation will be charged at cost, quoted on a case by case basis. Researchers are to approach the facility for quotes.
Fees will be reviewed annually. An annual price increase of 3% to cover cost of living increases is expected.


Cancellation policy:

Cancellations will be charged as follows:

• Greater than 5 working days (121 hours) notice – no charge
• Less than 5 working days (121 hours) notice – 25% charge
• Less than 2 working days (48 hours) notice – 100% charge

Cancellations due to the following will be fully charged:

• MRI safety contraindications where a participant has not been adequately pre-screened. It is the responsibility of researchers to adequately pre-screen participants prior to attendance. Final screening will be conducted by Facility/POWH staff who explicitly reserve the right to exclude anyone from participation based on safety concerns. Exceptional circumstances where an adequate pre-screen is documented but participants cannot be scanned due to safety contraindications on the day will be assessed on a case by case basis.

• Insufficient detail on participant’s nominated medical practitioner. A nominated medical practitioner needs to be on file to enable the Facility’s Duty of Care process. The nominated medical practitioner may be a clinician who is part of the research study.

• Late arrivals of participant or researcher. It is the responsibility of the researchers to confirm attendance with participants.

Cancellation charges will be waived, if the user is able to find another user to take over the booking.
For research projects with more than 25% of bookings cancelled or changed, a flat cancellation rate of 50% will apply.
Cancellation fees may be waived for projects with unwell or unstable participant cohorts. Researchers are to approach facility staff to discuss the circumstances of their projects.
Bookings running over time will be charged a $200 fee. Bookings will not be permitted to run overtime if it would negatively impact a subsequent user’s booking.

To avoid running over time, researchers are advised to:
• Expect things to take 25% longer than planned;
• Ensure participant arrives 15 min early for safety checks;
• Allow for sufficient preparation and wind-down time

Cancellations due to equipment or staffing downtime or urgent maintenance will not be charged.

*Minimum unit of booking. Full fee will be charged even if scan time falls short of full hour.
**List to be compiled but will comprise the scanner itself plus peripheral equipment such as coils, fMRI kit, physiological monitoring equipment, etc.
***Defined as the amount of training expected to be required by a PhD or post doc with a basic understanding of the technique.


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Ethics Application Process

Researchers are required to have the appropriate research ethics approval in place before scanning can proceed. The primary Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for this facility is the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) HREC. UNSW researchers with research projects involving only healthy volunteers may be able to obtain approval from the UNSW HREC.

Please contact us if you require information on how to apply for ethics approval for research projects conducted at the facility.

All scans are read by a radiologist as part of the 'Duty of Care' process and will receive a 'Duty of Care' report. More information on the Duty of Care process at RINSW that ensures incidental pathological findings are addressed appropriately is available here.


Accessing the Facility

RINSW is open to researchers from any institution. Please fill out the Project Application Form and RINSW staff will contact you within 5 working days to discuss your project. 



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Pilot Scheme

A pilot scheme is available to subsidise feasibility studies and collection of preliminary data for grant applications. Researchers may be eligible for free scan time under the RINSW Pilot Scheme. Up to 10 hours of scan time plus technical and scientific support from RINSW staff may be granted to new research projects for the following reasons:

• Collection of preliminary data for grant application: free scan time to provide sufficient preliminary data to allow the researcher to apply for competitive grant funding for a full study.

• Feasibility studies: free scan time to assess the suitability and/or technical feasibility of a new or existing MR methodology for a given project.

Applications to the Scheme are assessed by the RINSW Scientific Management Committee for merit, technical feasibility and availability of resources.

The RINSW Pilot Scheme is open to researchers from UNSW, SESLHD and NeuRA. The subsidy is offered with the expectation that any resulting fully-funded projects will be carried out at RINSW. Researchers who receive allocations of pilot scan time will need to report on outcomes (e.g. grant submissions and awards, publications, theses) in any future applications.

The RINSW Pilot Scheme is expected to be available throughout 2020 but may be revised, reduced or cancelled at any time without prior notice. To apply to the RINSW Pilot Scheme, complete the RINSW Project Application Form, making sure to address why your project qualifies for the Scheme in Question 18. For new MRI users in particular, a preliminary discussion with RINSW staff is strongly recommended, prior to submission. Please contact us via if you have any questions.

Download the pilot scheme guidelines here

Data Transfer and De-Identification

All All RINSW users will be given access to Flywheel, an online data sharing platform to download their data. Flywheel is a commercial solution to allow quick and easy download of deidentified MRI research data. Each research groups has access only to their own data and data access can be further restricted based on a projects.

Data will be available for download within 24 hours after the scan. Data can be accessed as DICOM, NIfTI or similar common format. Additional or computational intensive processing may incur separate charges. See here for basic and advanced processing capabilities. Contact RINSW if advanced processing is needed.

Grant Application Assistance

For researchers wishing to use the facility, RINSW offers assistance with preparation of grant budgets and methodology relating to MR projects carried out at RINSW. Please contact us to discuss your project.

Contact Us


Telephone: +61 (2) 9385 1496 

Location of MRI Suite:  Level 1, Building 3, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick NSW 2031


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