McLean Imaging Center (MIC) Core 

Core Summary:

The McLean Imaging Center (MIC) Core provides Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services to Partners-affiliated and non Partners-affiliated researchers. The available facilities of the Core include several MR machines at different field strengths (3T, 4T and 9.4T), optical imaging equipment, sophisticated mechanical and electronic fabrication equipment, and an extremely powerful computational cluster.

The MIC is an academic, multidisciplinary center comprised of scientists with a diverse range of backgrounds and training, including neuroscience, pharmacology, physics, electrical engineering, psychology, psychiatry, and medicine. The wider hospital also provides rich resources for collaboration – MIC staff members have many collaborative projects in conjunction with the clinical departments throughout the hospital. Furthermore, the proximity of collaborators at numerous nearby universities and downtown hospitals provide a vast array of opportunities to study various patient populations and provide access to an extensive variety of specialized equipment.

Personnel/Contact Information:

Director:  Scott E. Lukas, PhD
Phone: 617-855-2767
Fax: 617-855-3774

Director:  Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD
Phone: 617-855-2797
Fax:  617-855-4231

Other Staff:

Medical Director: David P. Olson, MD, PhD
Phone: 617-855- 3467
Fax:  617-855-2770

Managing Director MIC Core:  Rosemond Villafuerte, MA
Phone: 617-855-3354
Fax:  617-855-2770

Please refer to the MIC website for a detailed listing of faculty and staff at:

Facilities and Equipment:

Location of Core: McLean Imaging Center, 115 Mill Street, Belmont MA 02478

Major Equipment: 3T Siemens Prisma, 3T Siemens Prisma Fit, 4T Varian/Agilent DirectDrive™, 9.4T Varian/Agilent, MRI Simulator scanner with software/hardware to track participants’ movements for acclimatization/training purposes (SimFX and MoTrak), High-density EEG ANT-Neuro system.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Spectroscopy (MRS)

Technologies include:

  • Structural MRI
  • Echo Planar MRI (EPI) / Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Diffusion MRI (DWI, DTI)
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) / Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI)/ Functional MRS/MRSI (fMRS/fMRSI)
  • Sodium MRI/MRS
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) Monitoring during MRI
  • Near infrared spectroscopic (NIRS) Monitoring during MRI
  • fMRI with Feedback

Fee Schedule/Rates:

Effective 10/1/19– until amended





3T and 4T MR scanning

* $585/hour (directs)

$843/hour (directs plus applicable overhead) 

Please contact for details

9.4T MR scanning

* $290/hour + technologist fee and supplies (directs)

$418/hour + technologist fee and supplies (directs plus applicable overhead).

Please contact for details

 * Note: The Partners rates above are direct cost rates.  Overhead will be charged at the IDC rate of the Partners fund.  For Non-Partners institutions applicable Overhead is included in the rate. 

For services involving contrast agents and other invasive procedures, please contact the MIC Core Managing Director, Rosemond Villafuerte (

ADP/Computer Services Costs:

This fee is applicable to all grants and should be included in your grant applications.  Fee varies depending on the project.  Please contact Rosemond Villafuerte for details by email at

Budget justification for grant applications:  Funds for specialized, research-specific computing needs associated with advanced MR imaging analyses, including access to supercomputers and an extensive computing cluster with 124 cores providing massively parallel processing as well a as a curated, reproducible set of software pipelines for data analyses. Advanced image analyses of even moderate sized fMRI data sets require significantly more computational resources (RAM, disk space, specialized GPUs, processing cores) than are available on even advanced laptop or desktop computers, as well as complex and rapidly evolving software environments.  The standard tech support provided by McLean Hospital is not sufficient to troubleshoot the specialized issues arising in advanced scientific data processing tasks and platforms including, but not limited to, MATLAB and specialized Python tools.


Getting Started:

To access the core, please contact Rosemond Villafuerte by email at

Departmental Web Link: