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Magnetic resonance (IRM in vivo animal et Homme)

Carnot STAR’s Scientific thematics associated


The platform provides instrumentation and expertise to perform for a wide range of MRI and spectroscopy studies in animals and humans. The platform is open to collaborative work or provides MRI and spectroscopy services, it has particular expertise in:

  • Central nervous system (brain and spinal cord)
  • Cardiovascular system (heart and aorta)
  • Musculoskeletal system (muscle, cartilage and bone) and can also respond to specific demands (oncology, liver disease, etc.).

Magnetic resonance explorations include morphological, metabolic and functional imaging. Advanced explorations are also possible thanks to development made by the research teams in the associated laboratory. For example, the platform offers multi-nucleus explorations (phosphorus-31 (31P), sodium-23 (23Na)), advanced methods for brain, cardiac perfusion, spinal cord and myelin imaging. 




  • Diagnosis
  • Imaging
  • MRI
  • Pathophysiology
  • Magnetic resonance
  • Therapeutic follow-up
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Central nervous system


  • Animal facility (murine)
  • Imaging spectrometers for small animals (4.7T; 7T; 11.7T) and humans (1.5T; 3T; 7T)
  • Monitoring systems

Services provided

  • Visualize organs and soft tissues with great precision to obtain 3-dimensional images of human body
  • Brain exploration of neurological and neuropsychiatric pathologies: multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, degenerative diseases (ALS), schizophrenia
  • Exploring the spinal cord: multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injuries
  • Therapeutic trials: MRI biomarkers for testing new drugs.

Business sector

  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Health


Faculté des Sciences
27 boulevard Jean Moulin 13005 Marseille
04 91 32 48 01