Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging (CBI)

Research Facilities

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging (CBI)

The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging (CBI) at New York University School of Medicine (NYUSOM) is located at 660 First Avenue, three blocks north of the main hospital complex of New York University Langone Medical Center. The CBI houses four Siemens MR research systems: two 3-Tesla whole-body units, one 7-Tesla whole-body unit, and a combined MR-PET scanner. Following Hurricane Sandy, two Siemens 1.5T mobile MR scanners have been sited adjacent to the CBI, with direct connections into the building. (These mobile scanners are devoted predominantly to clinical scanning, but they are available after hours for research use, and they represent additional resources for clinical evaluation of translational research developments. The mobile scanners will remain in operation until the opening of our new outpatient imaging center which will be located across the street from the CBI in the building that also houses our Center for Musculoskeletal Care.) The CBI occupies approximately 20,000 square feet on several floors of the building, and various expansions are currently underway. The first floor includes scanner suites, patient preparation rooms, reception areas, and selected staff offices. A fully equipped state of the art radiofrequency engineering laboratory, which forms the physical core of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Laboratories for Convergence of Biomedical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences, occupies 1,000 square feet on the second floor, directly adjacent to a clinical reading room, the offices of the Department of Radiology’s clinical neuroradiology section, and the office of a cadre of 50/50 clinical researchers who work closely with our basic imaging researchers. Offices for research faculty, staff, and students occupy the fourth floor, along with two conference rooms and various common areas with shared business equipment. Immediately following Hurricane Sandy in November of 2013, several clinical reading rooms and the offices of our clinical faculty were relocated to the third and seventh floors of the building, and this proximity between clinical and research operations has already served as a powerful catalyst for collaborative translational research. A machine shop staffed by a full-time dedicated machinist is located in the basement of the building. Our extensive research administration team occupies the eighth floor of the neighboring building at 650 First Avenue. Further renovations and expansions of CBI space are now underway to accommodate a cyclotron (directly adjacent to the MR-PET scanner on the first floor) and radiochemistry laboratory (directly above the cyclotron on the second floor) for the production of novel PET tracers.

The approximately 70 full-time research staff housed in the Center (not including the clinical colleagues who occupy other areas in the building) are comprised of principal investigators and their students and fellows, research coordinators who assist with human studies, administrative staff, and various core scientists and engineers who provide RF engineering and pulse programming support for Departmental projects and investigators.

CBI space and infrastructure will also support the proposed Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R). CAI2R represents a new model of academic-industrial and interdisciplinary collaboration, in which basic imaging researchers, industry developers, clinical radiologists, and referring clinicians sit down together at the scanner to co-develop new imaging techniques and technologies, thereby accelerating the pace of innovation, validation, and dissemination. In addition to Radiology researchers, the CAI2R team includes four onsite Siemens scientists, a rotating complement of visiting Siemens developers, and a network of collaborators in multiple departments across the medical center who share an interest and investment in oncologic imaging, neuroimaging, and musculoskeletal imaging.



Philanthropic Support

We gratefully acknowledge generous support for radiology research at NYU Langone Health from:
• The Big George Foundation
• Raymond and Beverly Sackler
• Bernard and Irene Schwartz

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