Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging

The Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging houses four whole-body MRI systems (three 3.0T, one 7.0T). 3T2 and 3T3 are part of the Lucas Service Center. Both are available on a pay-for-use basis to researchers throughout Stanford University as well as to non-Stanford researchers. Individual researchers undergo mandatory training in magnet safety and scanner operations by the Magnet Manager or MR Research Technologists. Collaborations with the Lucas Center researchers are invited and encouraged.

For research studies that require the use of one of the whole body magnets at the Lucas Service Center, please contact the Magnet Manager, Karla Epperson (650-521-7836, or the Division Manager, Jessie Leong (650-497-6820, Please visit the MRI Safety Training Tab on the left of this page for magnet safety and scanner operations training.

3T1 is part of the PET-MR Service Center. Please contact Deputy Director, Mehdi Khalighi (650-721-1701, for more information.

Access to the 7T is temporarily unavailable for the foreseeable future.

For additional information regarding the Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL), please visit

The Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL) is a division of the Radiology Department that conducts research in areas of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, X-Ray, X-Ray Computed Tomography, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Positron Emission Tomography and MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound. In addition to the 30 to 40 trainees (graduate students and post-docs), there are twelve PhD scientists who collaborate with numerous clinicians and researchers in other departments to develop improved imaging methods for scientific, diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

The RSL is housed in several locations including the Lucas Center for Imaging, the Grant Science Building, and the Technology and Innovation Campus. Facilities include four whole-body GE MRI systems and the Lucas Service Center which offers MRI access to hundreds of researchers both inside and outside the Radiology Department, and the Zeego X-Ray Lab, which offers a C-Arm X-Ray system.