Carolinas Medical Center's Radiology Service operates an array of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners at facilities throughout Mecklenburg County. All of these devices are accessible for the support of research activities. Scanners are available in both hospital and outpatient settings.

Carolinas Medical Center maintains technology leadership and was one of the first clinical MRI sites in the US during the early 1980s. There are nine magnets operating within Mecklenburg County, five of which are on the CMC main campus. A range of capability is available to include standard 1.5T systems, a dedicated pediatric unit, a .7T open, and a large bore 3T system arriving in the summer of 2008.

A “functional imaging” program will be initiated in 2008 utilizing the capability of a new 3T magnet. All hospital sites provide anesthesia supported MRI procedures if needed.

Additionally, magnets within Mecklenburg County currently support a significant number of clinical research protocols. Animal and cadaver studies can be provided with advance notice and planning through radiology management. Carolinas Medical Center's Charlotte facilities maintain an outstanding, experienced staff of MRI technologists. Charlotte Radiology provides sub-specialty expertise for MRI imaging in support of research protocols.

Initiating a Research Protocol Requiring MRI

Research Coordinators (RCs) or Principal Investigators should contact Radiology Administration to obtain budgetary pricing for the service. Budget information for both CMC and Charlotte Radiology can be facilitated through the CMC Radiology Administration Office. This office will also direct the RC to the appropriate technical resource within radiology to discuss the specifics of the protocol requirements. A specific radiologist, if needed, will also be notified at that time.


Michael Kelley, MD,Chair, CMC Radiology
Jeff Aho, Director, CMC Radiology
Jeff Pustejovsky, Assistant Director, CMC Radiology
Keri Murr, Special Projects Coordinator (Administration Research Support)
Vacant, MRI System Supervisor

MRI Operational Hours

CMC operates two MRI units 24 hours a day,seven days a week. Contact CMC Radiology Administration for operating hours at other facilities.

Contact Information 

Radiology Administration: 704-355-3082 / 704-355-5238 Fax
CMC MRI Direct: 704-355-4196
Radiology Information: 704-355-2270
To reach a radiologist: 704-355-2270